Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The onset of post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after a traumatic event or protracted exposure to severe stress. While many individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder suffered childhood trauma, such as sexual abuse or incest, there are also adult cases of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by instances of abuse, torture, captivity, accidents and experiences in war zones. At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, Esq., we have extensive experience handling complex cases involving post-traumatic stress disorder and disability benefits.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real condition that can severely impair a person's ability to function in everyday life. Even if you suffered traumatic events years or decades ago, the consequences can be lasting. We can help sufferers of post-traumatic stress pursue benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance or the Supplemental Security Income programs. Some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include: addiction and chemical dependency, nightmares, flashbacks and insomnia, manic depression/bipolar disorder, major depression, acute vigilance and startle responses, anger outbursts and unpredictable moods and poor impulse control.

Because cases of post-traumatic stress disorder are often difficult to diagnose, it is very important to seek proper medical attention and treatment as soon as possible. Not only will treatment aid in addressing symptoms, it will also establish a record of care so that you can demonstrate your needs to the Social Security Administration. We have experience helping veterans and others seek appropriate care and counseling to document a valid claim for disability benefits. The damaging effects of a traumatic or stressful event can be chronic and long-lasting. We can help you get the PTSD treatment and financial assistance you need.

Our attorneys are highly familiar with the complexity of cases involving post-traumatic stress disorder. We know that many victims suffer after events that happened in childhood or years previous. Many sufferers are not aware of their condition until they are faced with burdensome side effects that leave them unable to manage day-to-day tasks, care for their families or maintain employment. We have handled cases involving car accidents, domestic abuse, military experience, sexual abuse and work-related PTSD, including cases involving police and firemen.

For more information or to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSI and SSDI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region, please contact us online or call (215) 886-0398.