If you were injured in a car accident or a family member died due to his injuries, the emotional trauma of the ordeal can be a major type of injury suffered. The consequences of the emotional distress can continue long after your physical injuries heal. The pain can be even greater when the negligent driver caused a senseless, preventable wreck that changed your life forever. However, compensation for your emotional injuries should be part of your settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company.
What Are Types of Emotional Trauma Suffered by Auto Crash Victims?
Emotional trauma is also referred to as pain and suffering when talking about the compensation that accident victims can recover from negligent drivers. It can be caused by dealing with the physical pain of the injuries or the effects of the accident on the person’s life. The person could experience mental anguish, emotional distress, anxiety, shock, or embarrassment. If a family member was killed in the wreck, the emotional trauma and grief over losing the loved one can be almost unbearable. Some of the symptoms of emotional distress include:
- Bouts of crying
- Severe anger
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Lack of energy
In serious cases, the person could develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a severe anxiety disorder. It causes the person to be unable to turn off the fight-or-flight or anxiety reactions to the traumatic event witnessed or experienced. A person experiencing PTSD after a car accident can suffer with severe anxiety, phobias, hallucinations, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, and other symptoms that can cause him to become totally disabled.
If you suffered emotional distress from your collision, you should be compensated for these injuries. However, proving the extent of the emotional distress suffered and the amount of compensation you are entitled to can be challenging. However, an experienced car accident attorney will understand the value of this portion of your claim and the evidence that you need to convince the insurance company to pay you compensation for these real injuries you have suffered.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, the legal team at Tavss Fletcher is here to discuss the facts of your case with you and answer your questions. Fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.