Emotional trauma can often be the most pervasive and long-lasting effect of a car accident. While many people heal from their physical injuries in a matter of weeks or months, their psychological health can be compromised for years to come.
When taking action to obtain compensation after a car accident, you should not underestimate the emotional damages you have suffered and will potentially suffer. In the days after the event, you may be feeling numb regarding the ordeal and the things that you have been through. However, as you take the time to process everything, you may begin to suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or experience anxiety or depression. You should seek guidance from a medical professional if you have any concerns.
How is emotional distress evaluated in a damages claim?
When claiming damages after emotional distress in a car accident, five factors will be considered. The intensity, duration, and cause of the distress will be evaluated. Additionally, the underlying cause of this emotional distress will be considered, as well as the statement made by your doctor on the nature and extent of your suffering
Why is it important to obtain damages for emotional distress?
No amount of money will ever turn back time or heal your emotional wounds after a car accident. However, it could help you take the time you need to heal. For example, you may be able to get therapy or take leave from work to emotionally recover.
If you are struggling emotionally after a car accident, it is important to consider taking action to get justice and get the compensation you deserve.