Does PTSD count as personal injury?
Yes, PTSD can be classified as a personal injury because it is a mental health condition that can be caused by a traumatic event.
Great question. PTSD can and often does qualify as a personal injury. For many personal injury cases, the person filing the lawsuit must prove what some refer to as "the 4 Ds." The four Ds are Direct Damages caused by a Dereliction of Duty. Psychologists may be called upon to answer whether one or more of those Ds are present. Often, the damages in question are mental damages, especially if a psychologist has been hired to conduct an evaluation or form an opinion. Although diagnoses range for these cases and may include major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or a neurocognitive disorder, PTSD is perhaps the most commonly diagnosed and used in these cases of mental damages.