Why Emotional Trauma Shouldn't Be Underestimated After A Car Accident

17 December 2020
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With car accidents, the injuries and physical pain that you suffer is often the most common focus. However, this often doesn't take into consideration the other difficulties that are not as obvious such as the trauma and anxiety that you might feel. You may be entitled to compensation not only for your injuries but also for the trauma you have experienced.

Symptoms of Trauma

There are many symptoms of trauma caused by a car accident including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fearfulness
  • Issues with sleep

These symptoms can start to get in the way of your day-to-day life and can affect your ability to earn a living. You will want to write down how the car accident affects your everyday life so you can help explain why you should be entitled to compensation as a result of your accident. 

Therapy for Your Mental Anguish

If you visit a therapist after your accident, you will undergo an evaluation and the therapist will diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment. In some cases, your therapist might recommend cognitive behavioral therapy or cognitive processing therapy. In other cases, your therapist might recommend that you be prescribed psychiatric medications. Receiving treatment is the best way to get your life back on track more quickly.

The Importance of Seeking Compensation for Your Car Accident

While you are busy recovering, you may have to pay for expensive therapy and you may also find yourself unable to work. If you have to rely on your insurance provider, there might be a limit to how much they will compensate you for your emotional distress. However, if you are able to prove that the other driver was responsible for the accident, that driver might be held liable. Then, you may be able to reach a settlement or file a lawsuit against the other party.

Proving negligence is essential because in some states, the other driver must be more than 50 percent responsible for the accident for you to be qualified for compensation. Insurance adjusters are trained on the most effective tactics for reducing the liability of the insurance provider and will try to take innocent statements you have made and twist them in a way meant to make you seem like the guilty party.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Recovering damages for pain and suffering is difficult enough and an insurance provider will fight even harder to avoid compensating you for mental anguish. Therefore, you will need help from an attorney who has experience with these types of cases.

For more information, contact a car accident attorney, such as one from Cok Kinzler PLLP.