Most people think of physical injuries when it comes to car accidents, but it’s important to understand that emotional distress, psychological trauma, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are relatively common problems caused by collisions. This is especially true if someone was killed or seriously injured in the accident, or if cars go up in flames or are mutilated beyond recognition.
Emotional injuries – just like physical injuries – can be extremely weak, make work difficult and lead to a loss of zest for life. According to the American Psychological Association, car accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the general (non-military) population. The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nine percent of people who survive a car accident will develop PTSD.
Personal injury will be asserted for damages by the negligent party. Recoverable damages include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and yes, emotional distress and PTSD. If you or a loved one is experiencing serious mental health problems as a result of a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a car accident attorney today.
Can I claim personal injury for PTSD and emotional distress caused by a car accident?
In car accidents where the victim is diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, or severe depression as a result of the car accident, a compensation claim is the best way to get compensation. Your auto accident attorney will collect evidence showing that you have suffered psychological and emotional trauma that affected your quality of life and / or your ability to make money, and that you spent money treating your symptoms.
Proof of a PTSD for a car accident claim
Insurance companies will try to get out of damage coverage whenever possible, and being eligible for PTSD or other psychological issues is no exception. Your personal injury attorney must prove that:
1. The driver who caused the accident owed you a duty of care prior to the accident. All drivers owe a statutory duty of care to all other road users.
2. The other driver acted negligently or negligently.
3. They suffered harm, including psychological trauma, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
4. The PTSD you suffer from is a direct result of the car accident.
The insurance company almost always asks about the applicant’s medical history. Applicants should expect that any previous diagnosis of mental illness will be used as an argument against claims that the car accident caused PTSD or other psychological problems.
Look out for symptoms of PTSD after a car accident
There are several signs of PTSD to look out for after a car accident:
• Feeling anxious about getting back into a car
• Nightmares about a car accident
• Be “erratic”
• Recurring flashbacks that interrupt normal functionality
• Incapacity for work
• High blood pressure
• Pain in the limbs
Seek the help of a car accident attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights. Let a skilled auto accident attorney fight for the full compensation you deserve. It is not uncommon to get five to ten times the severance payment from your insurance company with the help of a lawyer. Call the Personal Injury Attorneys at Tario & Associates, PS in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have represented residents of Whatcom Counties, Skagit Counties, Island Counties, and Snohomish Counties since 1979. You pay nothing in advance and no legal fees unless we claim damages for you!