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Can I Seek Compensation for Psychological Damages?

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Emotional And Psychological Car Accident Damages

Personal injury law allows for those that have suffered severe injuries in devastating accidents to stabilize their life after the significant damages of an injury turn it upside down. Accidents have a way of occurring when it is absolutely the most inconvenient and inflict injuries that can affect your finances through medical bills, lost wages, and your quality of life in general. Accidents, regardless of whether they are automotive, medical, or on the job, are all known for the physical injuries they inflict but there is something to be said about the damage done that is not quite as tangible. Accidents can potentially inflict physical and emotional wounds that can be just as devastating in someone’s life as many physical injuries. These psychological and emotional wounds deserve compensation just as much as physical wounds when they interfere with a person’s ability to live their life. 

Accidents Can Cause Emotional and Psychological Issues

When someone is exposed to intense circumstances that inflict immense physical trauma or cause significant emotional or psychological strain on a person then they may develop mental issues that can progressively get worse if left unaddressed. Psychological and emotional injuries share many parallels with physical injuries when it comes to the necessity of treatment as soon as possible and the need for professional treatment. 

Accidents Likely to Cause Severe Mental Trauma

Almost any kind of severely injurious accident has the potential to cause significant mental trauma that can lead to mental issues but there are a few kinds of accidents that a more likely than others to cause these kinds of problems. 

Generally, any accident that forces a person to come face to face with death or witness immense amounts of carnage can inflict severe mental trauma. Sexual assault and physical abuse are not types of accidents but they too cause immense psychological trauma and may be part of a personal injury claim.

What Kind of Psychological Injuries do Accident Victims Suffer?

PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the more severe yet unfortunately common forms of psychological issues that can follow a particularly violent accident. PTSD is an ailment that develops when an accident victim is unable to properly process the violent and traumatic events of an accident whether it is a car crash or nearly being crushed to death by debris at a construction site. This lack of trauma processing causes a number of debilitating and harmful symptoms. Some of the following include:

  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Sleeping problems (too much sleep or inability to sleep)
  • Avoidance of any reminders of the accident 
  • Night terrors
  • Aggressive or reclusive behavior

Depression: In addition to PTSD, a common mental issue that faces accident victims is depression also known as major depressive disorder. People can fall into a state of extreme melancholy to the point that it interferes with their ability to function as a normal person. This can come from the accident itself or because of injuries suffered because of an accident that have drastically affected their lives.

Anxiety: Following an accident, a victim can develop severe anxiety. In response to the extreme stress caused by an accident, a person can develop anxious responses that can make their lives difficult. Anxiety can lead people to experience intense feelings of fear and apprehension that can be manifested physically through high heart rate or heart palpitations. 


If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident then you may be entitled to compensation. A liable party could be at fault for the accident that caused your injury through their negligent actions. Consider contacting Sand Law about how we can help you get the compensation that you need to pay medical bills and deal with lost wages. Our lawyers have years of experience in helping clients determine who is liable for their injuries and aggressively pursuing compensation for those with injuries that resulted from the negligent actions of others.

Consider contacting Sand Law about a possible personal injury claim and how we can assist you in seeking compensation for your injuries. Your primary concern should be recovery and we understand that balancing that with an injury claim can be difficult. Allow us to represent you and help secure a settlement you are comfortable with while you heal.

Sand Law LLC
7650 Currell Blvd #3140
Woodbury, MN 55125