While physical trauma like broken bones and bruises leave their mark on the skin, psychological trauma isn't as easy to spot with the naked eye. However, this does not mean it's not present. Following a car crash, feelings of anxiety, depression, and anguish are common. These feelings of psychological trauma can be just as debilitating as the physical injuries sustained in an auto accident.
Defining Pain and Suffering
Psychological trauma, also referred to as mental anguish, is what the law refers to as pain and suffering. Though many assume their emotional distress following a car accident is just something they have to deal with, that could not be farther from the truth. Your suffering should - and can be - compensated.
As with physical trauma, psychological trauma claimed in a personal injury case must have been the direct result of an accident caused by someone else's negligence. There is also a statute of limitations of four years for personal injury cases. Psychological trauma is frequently caused by a sudden damaging or stressful experience outside the realm of ordinary experience, such as an auto accident.
Symptoms of Psychological Trauma
While emotional distress can wreak havoc among one's mental health, the effects can also deeply impact the physical being of the individual. The psychological trauma that can occur following a car crash can vary greatly among victims. However, it is important to note that you are not alone in experiencing these symptoms.
Symptoms of emotional distress include:
- High levels of anxiety
- Mood swings
- Change in personality
- Loss of consortium
However, accompanying physical evidence of psychological trauma include:
- Heart palpitations
Many who have existing psychological conditions hesitate before claiming pain and suffering for their accident. However, if your condition has been substantially worsened as a result of the traumatic incident, you can still be compensated for your pain and suffering. This may sound difficult to prove, but a medical professional will be able to assist.
Caring for Your Trauma
As with all personal injury cases, the first step you should take is consulting a medical professional. While as a personal injury lawyer it's my goal to help you gain financial compensation for the damages you've suffered, as your trusted confidant I do put your health first and foremost.
Psychological trauma can put a strain on your personal and family life. After being involved in an auto accident, it is not uncommon for victims to experience heightened anxiety when driving or being a passenger. Trouble sleeping at night, depression, even fear before exiting the home - these are issues which deserve medical attention.
Receiving proper medical care not only ensures that your mental wellbeing is being treated, but it also aids in your legal and financial fight for justice. In order to claim the resulting emotional distress of an accident, it is crucial you document the symptoms you experience. Evidence of pain and suffering includes:
- Psychiatric assessment
- Medical care
- Journals of your feelings
- Letters from your family and friends
A Lawyer With Your Best Interests in Mind
If you've recently been involved in a car accident, don't hesitate to speak out on your physical trauma. Pain and suffering is common with car crashes, and you are not alone in your pain. As a personal injury attorney, I will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact Weinstein Legal today to receive your free consultation. I will always answer your call.