When most people think of the effects of a car accident, they focus on the physical injuries that occur. They usually don’t consider the emotional impacts from a wreck. But these impacts can be just as devastating, and last just as long. In many instances, the mental trauma can remain well after the physical damage has healed. This is especially the case when someone survives a car accident that takes someone else’s life.
At Sand Law, our attorneys are well aware of how debilitating mental trauma stemming from a vehicle collision can be. We’ve represented clients for years who have suffered terribly, and helped them obtain substantial compensation. You may be suffering from emotional issues due to an accident caused by someone else. If so, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. Not only will we work to help you get the money you deserve for your medical bills, we’ll also work to get the money you have coming for the emotional trauma you’re experiencing.
A Car Accident is a Life-Changing Event
No matter what kind of car accident you’re in, if it resulted in you being severely hurt you’re very likely going to remember it for the rest of your life. You could have suffered a traumatic brain injury, one that is going to impact you not only physically, but emotionally as well.
Accident victims will oftentimes have to deal with serious issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and anger. In severe instances, they develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which can make it impossible for them to even be a passenger in a car, much less drive one.
Trauma Goes Beyond Injury
If someone is fortunate enough to survive a horrific car wreck, they might be injured so badly that they’ll be permanently disabled. The physical injury is bad enough, of course. But victims may also feel resentment because they can no longer do the things they loved to do. They will sometimes experience terrible flashbacks, reliving the accident over and over again.
Emotional trauma can be so severe that a victim may totally withdraw from friends and family, refusing to leave their home – or even get out of bed. An issue like this requires extensive therapy, and it can take years before any kind of improvements occur.
How to Cope with the Lasting Consequences of Your Accident
As painful an accident can be – from both a physical and emotional perspective – there are ways that victims can learn to deal with the consequences. It’s understandable to be angry at those whose negligence caused your suffering.
But if those feelings become so overwhelming that they’re taking over every facet of a victim’s life, they may need to seriously consider seeking the help of a skilled mental health professional. That may be their only way to return to anything resembling a normal life.
Is Mental Health Treatment Covered After a Car Accident?
There are some insurance policies that seem to provide some coverage for pain and suffering, whether that’s mental or physical. But that doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to obtain compensation. If you have a claim of mental anguish, your chances of approval will typically depend on the severity of the accident.
For example, if you’re claiming emotional trauma after a fender-bender, it’s highly unlikely your claim will be approved. On the other hand, if the accident was severe, leading to either horrible injuries or deaths – and you weren’t hurt – then the insurer will probably accept the claim. But even if it does, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the amount of money you might expect.
You have to remember that insurance companies are most concerned about making a profit. They’ll look for any reason they can find to either deny a claim completely, or pay as little money as possible. In some cases, they’re not above employing some questionable tactics in order to keep as much of a profit as they can.
If you believe you have a valid mental anguish claim but the insurance company refuses to cooperate, get in touch with a Sand Law attorney as soon as possible. We have a deep understanding of how to calculate damages – both physical and mental. Damages are monetary losses. There are economic, tangible damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages and others. But there are also non-economic, or intangible damages that include emotional and mental trauma.
One of our skilled legal representatives will fight to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for the mental anguish you’ve suffered. We will oftentimes turn to mental health experts who testify regarding the severity of our clients’ symptoms, and how much it will likely take to treat their condition.
How Can I Feel Better After My Accident?
It can be incredibly difficult for someone to get past being involved in a serious vehicle collision, whether they suffered an injury or they were physically unscathed. But there are a few ways you can get on the path to recovery.
First, don’t hesitate to share your feelings with the ones you love. And don’t be afraid to get the help of a mental health professional. There are many successful treatment options that could help you get back to normal. Also, do your best to get back to your normal routine. It will be understandable that you’ll be hesitant to drive. But it can be a huge part of the healing process.
Contact Sand Law Today to Learn More About Compensation for Emotional Trauma
If you would like more information on how our attorneys may be able to help you receive full and fair compensation for the mental anguish you’re experiencing, get in touch with Sand Law as soon as possible. We have years of experience, and we also have a vast amount of knowledge regarding cases involving emotional suffering.