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6 facts about post-traumatic stress disorder after a crash

Parents involved in a car crash when their children are in the vehicle usually worry about the children and push their own pain and injuries aside. While this is normal, it is something that can lead to problems down the road. Parents who are victims of car crashes might end up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Consider these six facts about this disorder.

#1: PTSD is more common than some realize

The lasting financial and emotional impact of sexual abuse

The sexual abuse of a minor is a terrible crime against the victim and all of society. Often, the people who commit these kinds of crimes are close to the victim's family or are people in positions of authority over the victim, like a coach, babysitter or teacher.

After a child confides in a loved one about the abuse, that person will probably do everything he or she can to help the child move on from the abuse. Unfortunately, the healing process can take years or even be lifelong. It is not uncommon for sexual abuse survivors to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can last for years.

Train accident injures four near Philadelphia.

Trains are obviously extremely dangerous. Commuters rarely think that their train is going to crash, but train accidents are not unusual occurrences. Even when trains without passengers collide, it is not uncommon for serious, even fatal, injuries to occur.

Local Philadelphia Train Accident

CNBC reports a tragic local Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) train crash. Several train cars were derailed and three passengers were injured by the accident - one of the train operators is in critical condition. Bizarrely, the train wasn't in service at the time of the accident, and no one seems to know why any passengers were on any of these trains as they were not in service at the time of the accident.

Jehovah's Witnesses Settle Lawsuit Alleging Legal Cover-Up

The Jehovah's Witness Church settled a lawsuit brought by a victim of child sexual. The victim was represented by Jeffrey P. Fritz of our office. The terms of the confidential settlement cannot be disclosed, but the victim alleged that the church elders in her congregation intentionally did not report the child sexual abuse to the authorities. This is in direct violation of mandatory Pennsylvania reporting laws. To read further :

Settlement Agreement Reached in Jehovah's Witness Lawsuit

Attorney Jeffrey P. Fritz settled a lawsuit on the fifth day of trial against the Jehovah's Witness Church for a sexual abuse cover-up involving two members of the Spring Grove, PA congregation. Mr. Fritz represented a minor that was sexually assaulted over the course of two years, even after the parents of the minor alerted the church elders. The church elders did not contact the authorities. This lawsuit exposed some very troubling policies practiced by the Jehovah's Witness Church regarding mandatory reporting laws in Pennsylvania. To read further :

PTSD is common among survivors of sexual assault and abuse

When people talk about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), most people immediately think about members of the military. Those who see combat often experience post traumatic stress. Between 10 and 30 percent of veterans from any given conflict likely experience PTSD as a result. As sad as that statistic is, the rates of PTSD in those assaulted or abused by sexual predators is even higher. When it comes to survivors of sexual abuse and assault, the lifetime likelihood of developing PTSD is roughly 50 percent.

This tragic statistic means that those who survive a sexual assault will require counseling and professional therapy, even medications, to work through their trauma. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney who represents sex abuse and rape victims in civil suits is a good idea. An attorney may be able to help you file a civil suit against liable parties to recover funds that can pay for treatment.

Truck underride accidents have high fatality rates

One of the most devastating types of accidents involving large commercial trucks are underride collisions. If you or a family member experienced such a horrific crash, you are lucky to be alive.

Many of these accidents are not survivable. The trucking industry and government policymakers agree with trucking safety activists that the big rigs require improved rear guards that prevent deadly underrides from occurring. But they have yet to get on the same page about who will pick up the tab for costs associated with the design and manufacture of the improved guards.

Injured in a car accident: dealing with the insurance company

Recovering from a car crash injury can be daunting, expensive and have a major affect on your daily life. Depending on the severity of your injury, the recovery process might be more extensive and require long-term treatment. Medical bills add up quickly and if you're not properly covered it can become financially devastating.

Family home lost in fire caused by hoverboard

Christmas is well wrapped-up after the New Year, and the kids have settled in with their new toys and games. In 2016, one of the most popular gifts was the hoverboard, or a self-balancing scooter, that is controlled by a rider's feet and a built-in gyroscope. If you gave this gift to your child for Christmas, they've probably got the hang of it now.

Although your kid probably feels safe on their new ride, there are still safety concerns among manufacturers of hoverboards. In July 2016, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a broad recall of half a million hoverboards from eight manufacturers due to lithium-ion battery packs overheating and catching fire.

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