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Mental trauma is an often-overlooked injury that can have a lasting impact on victims and their families. Many assume that mental illness isn’t an actual injury or doesn’t warrant compensation in the same way as physical injuries do. However, this is not the case.
Over time, some of the physical injuries you suffer in a car accident can heal; however, the mental anguish can last much longer and impact your everyday routine. It’s important to recognize your legal options to move forward in these situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.
If you have been diagnosed with PTSD due to an accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Your lawyer will be able to help you determine if your case meets the criteria for a PTSD claim.
Get the Help You Need
The most important thing to do after a car accident is to seek medical treatment and continue to follow up with your doctor. A psychological injury is not as obvious as a physical injury and may not show itself immediately.
Many car accident victims do not seek the help they require to get better. This can be due to several factors. Sometimes, mental health issues get disregarded, and some victims may feel embarrassed by the feelings they’re experiencing.
If you feel any mental anguish or start exhibiting signs of PTSD, go to your medical provider. They may suggest you see a mental health professional. Mental trauma is an actual injury that can have a lasting impact on your life and, if left untreated, can lead to self-harm, suicide, and other dangerous behaviors.
Determining The Amount Of Compensation for Mental Trauma
While economic damages factor in quantifiable values (receipts, bills, etc.), putting a number on your personal losses is hard. A lawyer can help you determine how much compensation you can recover.
You must show that:
- The mental trauma has impacted your life outside of just your physical injuries
- You no longer enjoy specific activities you did before the crash
- PTSD is preventing you from doing certain things
At Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, we know how to pursue the outcome you need to get therapy and other treatment whenever you endure PTSD after a crash. Let us help you understand your rights and options along the way. You can trust our Virginia car accident attorneys to protect your rights.
Call us today at (855) 936-1747.