Physical injuries after an accident are common. Whether it’s whiplash, broken bones, burns, cuts, bruises or scrapes, when you can see the damage done, it’s easy to document and prove to a jury. However, accidents can also inflict serious emotional and mental trauma on victims. That’s much harder to show.
It is easy for some to brush off mental and emotional suffering. Even though our society is making a push to recognize the importance of mental health, many people still believe others can “just get over it.” However, accidents are often traumatic—the emotional and mental health effects can be just as harmful, even after the physical injuries have healed.
Taking Emotional and Mental Distress Into Account After an Accident
A physical injury like breaking your leg will affect your daily life; but trauma can, too. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nightmares can make it difficult for victims to go back to work or school, care for their children, or carry out simple everyday tasks. If your trauma is severe, it could prevent you from driving, going near the scene of your accident, or performing the tasks you were doing at the time it occurred. The vast majority of Americans simply can’t afford to struggle like this for a prolonged period of time. Victims might need therapy and psychological help on top of doctors’ bills, rehabilitation and more.
In some cases, victims may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While PTSD is commonly associated with soldiers who have been through combat, anyone can develop this condition after a traumatic event. Studies have shown that people in motor vehicle accidents, for example, are at an increased risk of PTSD.
However, PTSD isn’t limited to car accidents. Any kind of accident, whether it’s on the job, in a vehicle or elsewhere, can create lasting trauma. It’s especially common when you suffer from serious or catastrophic injuries. PTSD symptoms include intense, vivid memories or flashbacks, blackouts, self-harm, depression, insomnia, withdrawal from society and extreme avoidance of anything that reminds the victim of the accident.
Often, PTSD requires years of therapy. A psychologist may prescribe medications to help alleviate the symptoms. That can be prohibitively expensive for most people. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a skilled personal injury attorney—they’ll fight to get your emotional and mental health costs covered, as well as the physical damage.
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