One of the most challenging injuries to prove after a car crash are emotional and psychological. These types of injuries can cause as much damage as the physical injuries you suffer. Just like victims who have suffered a physical injury, those who have suffered this type of trauma are entitled to receive monetary compensation. However, it is often more difficult to prove you have suffered a mental or emotional injury.
In personal injury cases the majority of emotional and mental injuries are referred to as “pain and suffering”. These injuries can range from somewhat mild issues such as, distress, shock, fear, and anger to severe problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Individuals who suffer from emotional and mental trauma may experience a wide array of symptoms including sleep disturbances, sexual problems, mood swings, loss of appetite, anger, and fits of crying. In some situations, these symptoms go away quickly, but in other cases, they last for longer periods of time.
Severe emotional and mental injuries may require psychological treatment. In some situations, the symptoms will improve on their own over time, but in others, it may be necessary to seek professional help. Some methods of treatment include psychotherapy, counseling, or prescription drugs to address underlying residual trauma.
Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to “prove” you have suffered emotional distress. Unlike physical trauma, it can’t be seen. To prove emotional or mental injuries you have to rely on your testimony and the testimony of others to show your altered mental state. For example, a family member may testify to your behavioral changes after your accident.
Insurance companies typically accept a claim of emotional or mental distress as part of the settlement received for an accident as long as the claim is proportional to the injury’s severity. Juries usually sympathize with someone who has been in an accident when they can relate to the pain a person may have suffered. Jurors understand that any accident is traumatic, but how much compensation you receive will be determined by how effectively you can prove the extent of your injuries. Selecting the right representation to guide you through this process is extremely important.
It is best to secure the services of an attorney sooner rather than later. This will ensure you receive a fair settlement for any mental, emotional, and physical injuries you have endured. Without proper representation, you may not be able to recover the amount you deserve. If you have been in an accident, call The Law Offices of Brian Timothy Meyers today to get the compensation for all of your injuries, not just the one that are easily seen.