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Deepwater Horizon Workers May Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Deepwater Horizon Burning at night

If you were on board the Deepwater Horizon the “horrific” night of Tuesday, April 20, 2010 and went through the “living hell” into the morning of Wednesday and then had to suffer not being able to call home and tell your family that you were alive only so Transocean and BP could get “statements” to protect their interests and NOT YOURS, there is a high likelihood you will suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The condition of PTSD however cannot be immediately diagnosed since it may take a certain time period before symptoms will begin to show up.

Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Deep Water Oil Rig Raging fire
  • Anxiety
  • If you develop what are called “startling reflexes”; that is if a sound or light goes off you startle abnormally
  • Irritability. You may find yourself getting “short” with people around you
  • Images repeatedly coming to your mind of the explosion
  • Ideas of the explosion coming to your mind and thereby disrupting what you happen to be doing at the time
  • Concentration problems
  • Short term memory problems
  • Avoidance behavior; that is where you start not wanting to “hang out” with friends that you used to enjoy being around or socializing less.

The above are just some of the symptoms manifested with PTSD, however, you do not have to have all of them to be diagnosed. If you begin to suffer any of the above, you should immediately seek proper medical care.

Jones Act Maritime Claim

Because you have a Jones Act maritime claim, you should contact offshore injury attorneys, Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. for help. We were the firm that was looked to first in this disaster because of our past experience with dealing with Transocean. We have over 50 years combined experience helping injured seamen and their families. Bottom-line, we know what we are doing and we will help you - that’s for sure. For more information about your rights, call us for a FREE consultation at 800.773-6770.

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