Serious Personal Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


The True Tale:

For years, many who suffered serious personal injury from violent accidents complained about symptoms that involved their mental status. Nightmares, sadness, lingering depression, anger, substance abuse, estrangement and fear were all part of emotional suffering that went far beyond physical trauma.  This agonizing mental state had many names.  Following WWI, a number of soldiers who survived the bloody battlefields of France, but saw their comrades blown up beyond recognition, returned home with shattered brains.  The name given? “Shell Shock.”  WWII saw our courageous warriors in foxholes alongside dead comrades, who seconds before were rhapsodizing emotionally about their loved ones at home.  The fierce and brutal contact with the horrors of war produced another name for the same mental disorder: “Battle Fatigue.”  The killing fields of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world where tragedy rose from massive explosions, huge fires, overwhelming floods and other types of devastation left many of its victims with the same mental horrors, but this time with a different name: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

And today, almost 3.5% of adults who have been exposed to significant trauma, disaster, or tragedy, are victims of PTSD. It is a most serious injury, and one that calls for proper medical treatment and a humane understanding. Like physical personal injury, PTSD is an injury that must be afforded a full measure of justice under the law. During their lifetime, nearly 10% of Americans will become unfortunate victims of PTSD. The disabling effects of their suffering cannot be minimized, nor can the mental distress it causes be ignored. While science must continue its treatment and search for a cure, our courts of justice must provide a fair and humane measure of relief.

If you have suffered physical personal injury as a result of negligence or doctor or hospital malpractice, and are suffering emotionally as a result of your physical injuries, you may have PTSD. When Finz & Finz, P.C. represents a client who has suffered significant personal injury, we explore in detail the emotional component produced by the physical injury. We always seek the fullest measure of compensation for both  physical and emotional injuries suffered by our clients.

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Leonard L. Finz, age 96, is a decorated WWII veteran (1st Lt., Field Artillery, Philippines), a former New York State Supreme Court Justice, Peer-Reviewed as “One of America’s Preeminent Lawyers”, and the Founder of Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Leonard L. Finz

Leonard L. Finz founded the firm in 1984. He is a former New York State Supreme Court Justice and a top-ranked trial lawyer with the highest ratings for legal ability and ethics, having earned a reputation as a master trial advocate in the courtroom. He has achieved the highest legal rating of “Preeminence” in addition to being peer-reviewed as “One of America’s Preeminent Lawyers.”