If you have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety after a severe car accident, you are not alone. Many people struggle with the emotional trauma of a serious collision. You should report your concerns to your doctor or schedule an appointment with a therapist as soon as possible. Effective treatment is available.
A Dallas car accident lawyer helps clients pursue compensation for all their medical care needs, including those related to their mental health. You may seek and recover money for your therapy sessions or other treatment for PTSD, anxiety, or other concerns.
Getting Help for PTSD or Anxiety After a Severe Car Accident
Getting help for your stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns related to a collision is important. You do not have to struggle with your mental health while you are already battling your physical injuries and working to rehabilitate your body. Seeing a mental health professional should be a priority if you:
- Feel like you are constantly on edge
- Are struggling to focus
- Cannot fall asleep or stay asleep
- Feeling unreasonably irritable and angry
- Are having vivid flashbacks or reliving the accident
- Have frequent intrusive thoughts or images.
- Are experiencing intense distress related to driving, riding in a car, etc
- Have physical symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, or trembling
PTSD can occur after any accident, but those involving life-altering, catastrophic injuries make it more likely. In addition, many people deal with a lot of emotional distress and mental anguish after these injuries. For example, those living with brain injuries or paralysis may need support and guidance while they mourn the loss of activities and abilities and adjust to their new life.
How Can I Get Help for My Mental Health Concerns?
If you do not have a therapist or psychiatric care doctor, you should report your symptoms to your treating physician. They can provide recommendations or possibly even help you locate someone who accepts your health insurance coverage.
Do not be afraid to discuss your psychological symptoms with your doctor or therapist. It is normal to have some mental health concerns following a severe crash, especially if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries.
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The At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Should Cover Your Mental Health Costs
Many people worry they cannot afford to see a psychiatrist or psychologist following a crash. However, victims should consider their related mental health diagnoses as injuries caused by their crashes. As personal injury attorneys, we can use the medical records and bills from our client’s therapy sessions to show they needed this care because of their crash.
This often allows us to recover fair compensation for their mental health care alongside the money for their physical injuries. In addition, we seek a payout for each client’s non-economic damages. These damages are the intangible losses they experienced because of the trauma and injuries they suffered. This includes:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of mobility or independence, when applicable
- Diminished quality of life
A diagnosis of accident-related PTSD or anxiety could bolster the case for recovering non-economic damages, ensuring our client receives a fair payout for their physical and emotional pain.
What Other Damages Are Available in a Severe Car Accident Case?
By law, victims hurt in a Texas crash can hold the at-fault driver or another liable party responsible for their injuries, expenses, and losses. Our car accident lawyers identify, document, and value these damages before seeking the money to cover them through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit.
Each case has its own expenses and losses. No two cases are the same. This makes it impossible to calculate a fair settlement based on injuries, mental health concerns, or type of collision. Instead, we must document damages and pursue fair compensation based on the unique details of the case.
Many crash victims suffer the same types of damages, though. This could include:
- Medical treatment for all physical and psychological injuries, current and future
- Ongoing care and support as needed
- Current and future income lost and diminished earning capacity for long-term injuries
- Property damages, including car repair or replacement of a totaled vehicle
- Miscellaneous expenses with receipts
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible losses
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What Should I Do If I Have a PTSD or Anxiety Diagnosis After a Car Accident?
If you are living with PTSD or anxiety following a severe car accident, you should focus on getting the care and support you need. Following your diagnosis, you should continue with your treatment and follow your doctor’s advice. At the same time, contact a car accident lawyer who can begin working on building a compelling case for compensation.
While we encourage you to call us as soon as possible after your injuries occur, we understand there are some reasons why this might not happen. Generally, we have up to two years to sue for personal injury or wrongful death under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our attorneys help clients seek compensation for their injuries and related expenses and losses daily. We work with no upfront fees, getting paid based on contingency. You only pay if we win for you.
Discuss Your Options for Compensation After a Severe Car Accident
Loncar Lyon Jenkins provides free consultations for crash victims living with PTSD, anxiety, or other psychological effects from their collision.
We have eight office locations across Texas to serve you, including Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Lubbock, McAllen, Wichita Falls, Odessa, and Tyler. We also meet crash victims virtually if they cannot come to one of our offices due to their location or injuries. We will assess your options and explain how we can help. Call in the Strong Arm.
Contact us now to get started. We have someone available to take your call.