Car accidents can be life-altering events that leave victims broken in more ways than one. Along with physical injuries, car accidents may result in a victim experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and you can seek compensation for this type of loss after a car accident.
PTSD is a mental disorder caused by traumatic events. Car accidents qualify as traumatic events, and you can suffer mental trauma afterward, according to MedlinePlus. PTSD is classified as a non-economic loss, and an insurance settlement or court-awarded offer may cover it.
Can Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Be Listed on an Injury Claim?
When you have been injured in a car accident, you can go after the person who caused the accident by filing an injury claim. The at-fault party could be required to compensate you financially for your losses and suffering. PTSD is considered a non-financial loss associated with your accident, and you can be compensated for it.
You can also be compensated for other non-financial and financial losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Loss of future income
- Permanent disability
- Lost life enjoyment
- Mental anguish
- Cost of mental health treatment
- Cost of physical therapy
If an insurer denies your claim or offers you compensation that does not address your PTSD, you can bring your case to trial by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
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How Our Legal Team Can Help
You may be able to seek compensation for your PTSD through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, and a lawyer from our firm can help you with both.
There are many steps to the personal injury claims process, and these tasks can be overwhelming for someone who just went through a car accident and is dealing with PTSD. You can get help from a car accident lawyer with our firm.
When you work with our personal injury lawyers, they can:
- Investigate the accident
- Gather evidence that ties your PTSD to your accident
- Complete claims paperwork or file your lawsuit on your behalf
- Deal with insurance companies and handle settlement negotiations
- Represent you in court if your case goes to trial
You do not have to handle the legal process of seeking economic and non-economic losses on your own; you have a right to hire legal counsel so you can focus on your health.
Proving how PTSD Affects Your Life Going Forward
Another important aspect of your case our lawyers can help with is proving PTSD as a viable loss. We will work to prove that living with PTSD after your car accident affects your daily life.
For example, after suffering PTSD from a car accident, some victims find themselves unable to drive or experience extreme anxiety when traveling in cars.
We can work to show that this non-economic loss is affecting you negatively and seek fair compensation for it.
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PTSD Side Effects After a Car Accident
A car accident could cause you to suffer from flashbacks and experience overwhelming fear at the thought of getting into a vehicle or driving again. You could have difficulty sleeping due to nightmares or you could be developing anxiety, stress, and anxiousness.
PTSD also causes difficulty sleeping, bad dreams, anxiety, stress, or fear of anything similar to the event, such as getting into a moving vehicle.
You can overcome the effects of PTSD with time and effort.
Some victims will need to visit a mental health professional for counseling or medication. A strong support system is important for recovery. You can also learn to cope with the fear and anxiety over time.
Compensation for Your Future Losses
Because PTSD often requires a long period of therapy, you will want to make sure you receive a proper psychological assessment to understand the full extent of your pain and suffering.
Along with seeking compensation for this non-economic loss, you can also fight for the compensation that will cover the future costs of dealing with PTSD. As you cope with PTSD, you will want to make sure your visits to your therapist and psychiatrist are covered by the damages you receive from the liable party.
We can make sure you seek fair compensation for both your current and future expenses related to your car accident. Do not accept an initial settlement offer before receiving a psychological evaluation by the proper medical authorities.
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Pursue Compensation for Your PTSD with Our Lawyers
Some people believe that PTSD is something that can only happen to war survivors, but any traumatic event can result in PTSD. A near-death experience, such as a car accident, can leave you with the same effects that a war survivor experiences.
Your PTSD after a car accident may qualify as a non-economic loss for which you can pursue compensation. We can help identify the liable party and seek awards for these damages, as well as economic damages, such as your medical bills and lost wages.
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