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Car Crashes Have Emotional Costs Too

Steve Wagner

Most people understand that being in a vehicle accident can cause serious injuries and even death. Those involved in such accidents have some level of awareness that they may deserve compensation for their injuries or for the wrongful death of a loved one; however, fewer people are aware of the possibility of compensation for the emotion-based costs of an accident.

Whether your emotional trauma is a result of your own debilitating injuries or due to witnessing the terrifying impact of the accident on another person, there are likely to be very real implications on your life. Those implications may be costly, sometimes in the form of necessary psychological treatment, but more often due to the limits that your mental state may put on your daily ability to work and engage with others.

Mental Health After An Accident

Many accident victims experience depression, sever phobias, anxiety, or other mood disorders after an accident, and nearly ten percent of those involved in car crashes are diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a disorder most often associated with veterans returning from service, but in reality, PTSD can be a result of any traumatic event.

The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event – either by experiencing it or witnessing it.” PTSD is different from instances where an individual struggles to adjust for a few months after an event but eventually does get better. Sufferers of PTSD have symptoms that negatively impact their work and social activities significantly. They are likely to experience symptoms for the rest of their lives, though it is possible for some victims to reduce or manage their symptoms with prompt and ongoing treatment.

Symptoms include intrusive memories, such as flashbacks, frightening dreams, and sudden and extreme physical and emotional responses to “triggers” that remind one of the traumatic event. Someone with PTSD will experience negative thoughts and changes in mood (inability to experience positive emotions, hopelessness, emotional numbness, memory issues, angry outbursts, guilt, trouble concentrating and sleeping, difficulty with relationships, and self-destructive behaviors). Avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event is also a common symptom of PTSD. This may include the avoidance of people or places that remind you of the event, even up to the point where it is difficult for the individual to leave their home.

Impact of PTSD

As a result of these symptoms, it can be impossible for someone suffering from PTSD to maintain a job, to attend school, engage socially, or continue with activities he or she once enjoyed. Victims may lose income in the short- or long-term, in addition to needing ongoing psychological therapy and/or medication. If another person is found liable for the car crash that led to your PTSD or another mood disorder, you may be eligible for damages related to your emotional injuries as well as for your physical injuries.

Were you recently in a car accident and as a result are experiencing serious physical and emotional injuries? Are these injuries holding you back from living your life as you did before the accident? The Wagner Reese vehicular accident attorneys may be able to help you get your life back on track by ensuring you receive every dollar of compensation you deserve. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.


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