Mental Trauma After a Car Accident
After a car accident, most people tend to focus on their physical recovery. This is understandable, as the physical injuries that car accident victims sustain are often severe, painful, and impossible to ignore. It’s important to remember, however, that serious vehicle crashes can take a mental toll as well. It’s important to be aware of your mental state after a car crash and to seek treatment when it’s appropriate.
Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD
It’s only natural to be shaken up after a car wreck. After all, they are invariably violent, surprising, and traumatic experiences that have the potential to leave victims with extremely serious injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes these feelings do not subside with time and turn into clinical mental health issues like chronic anxiety or depression.
When your car accident injuries keep you from working, seeing friends or family, or even taking care of yourself, it is easy to become depressed. Likewise, the stress and uncertainty of your health, your legal claim, and the future all can result in significant anxiety that can make it difficult to deal with everyday life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is another concern for car accident victims. PTSD is a disorder that can occur after you experience a traumatic incident, like a car crash. Symptoms can include irritability, hostility, avoidance of things that could bring back memories of the traumatic event, anxiety, and depression. PTSD can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life and make it nearly impossible to work or socialize. In addition, if your accident-related PTSD causes you to avoid being in or around motor vehicles, it can make you virtually homebound.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Mental Trauma
If you are suffering from mental issues after a car accident, we have some good news: you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering as well as your mental health treatment. Connecticut law entitles car accident victims who were injured by the negligence of others to compensation for both their economic and non-economic damages.
In order to get compensation for your mental and emotional pain and suffering, however, you will need to be able to provide evidence of your losses, which means that you should take detailed notes about how your injuries are affecting you and see a mental health professional to discuss your situation. In addition, as insurance companies often fight tooth and nail against compensating victims for unseen injuries like anxiety, depression, or PTSD, you’ll want to retain an experienced attorney as soon as you can to represent you.
Call Polito & Harrington Today to Schedule a Free Consultation With a New London Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been in a severe car accident, you deserve compensation for all of your injuries—including the ones that others can’t see. At Polito & Harrington, our personal injury attorneys in New London know how to take on insurance companies and get our clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, contact us online or call our office today at (860) 447-3300.