PTSD Under the Jones Act

Unfortunately, maritime accidents can be horrific. Thankfully, the Jones Act provides protection for maritime workers, it allows workers to file a claim in the wake of a work accident at sea in which the employer was negligent. This applies to injuries, including psychological distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When a severe injury occurs, it can cause serious psychological trauma. The accident victim is the most likely person to experience such distress, but even witnesses to the incident are subjected to symptoms of PTSD after observing a disturbing scene. The impacts of the shocking ordeal can be significantly upsetting and life changing.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychological condition that occurs when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. The condition affects the perception of danger and intensifies a fight-or-flight response. Often, people suffering from PTSD experience a sense of fear or tension in nonthreatening situations.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD interrupts normal, everyday life. A person suffering from PTSD lives with a disruptive sense of fear and anxiety. They may become so preoccupied with their worries and lose interest in activities that they previously enjoyed. It can become so debilitating that it prevents them from leading a healthy, productive life. Disruptive symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Feeling on edge
  • Experiencing unfounded fears or anxiety
  • Inappropriate anger or outbursts
  • Re-living the event through flashbacks
  • Sleep disruptions or nightmares
  • Avoidance of reminders of the event
  • Easily startled or overly reactive
  • Panic attacks
  • Hypervigilance
  • Severe depression or isolation

Treatments for PTSD

Talk therapy, exposure therapy, and other psychotherapy options can help with PTSD. Certain medications have been useful for many sufferers. PTSD is not curable, but methods are available to help people cope.

Often, if a traumatic event happens at work, employers will offer mental health services to address the impact of the incident on employees. Immediate intervention can give people the tools they need to deal with the experience before it develops into a severe disorder, like PTSD.

Jones Act Benefits for PTSD

Under the Jones Act, maritime workers can file a claim to cover their PTSD treatment and other costs associated with their condition, such as lost wages due to their symptoms, as well as pain and suffering. Coverage under the Jones Act is available to seamen who suffer from PTSD as a result of an event that occurred due to the negligence of their employer. The claim must contain evidence of a proper diagnosis and medical records that outline symptoms and treatments.

Cape May Maritime Injury Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Advocate for Seamen Suffering from PTSD

Working seamen who are psychologically impacted by a negligent incident aboard a vessel are eligible to file a Jones Act claim to cover the costs of treatment and other losses. Our professional Cape May maritime injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. will help you recover damages that resulted from an onboard incident. Contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962 to schedule a free consultation today. With offices located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Cape May and Wildwood.