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Am I Entitled to Compensation If I Suffer from Psychological Problems After a Car Accident?

Posted on in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerBeing involved in a serious car accident can be a very traumatic experience to go through. Emotional and psychological injuries caused by a car accident can be just as severe as physical injuries. Car accident victims may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and a number of other psychological problems. These problems can heavily interfere with a car accident victim’s ability to work and complete everyday responsibilities. If you were involved in a serious auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your psychological, emotional, or mental injuries.

Car Accident Trauma Symptoms

Studies show that nearly 40 percent of car accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if a person is not physically injured in an accident, they can be deeply affected by the experience. This is especially true if they witnessed another person be severely injured or killed in the accident or if they came close to death themselves. A car accident can lead to psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Compulsive or obsessive behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Hypervigilance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

These symptoms can have a profound impact on a person’s life.

Seeking Compensation for Mental Anguish After a Car Accident

Typically, in order to be eligible for compensation after a car accident, the person seeking compensation must have suffered damages. Damages include costs such as medical expenses and lost wages from missed work. In order to recover compensation for your psychological injuries, you will need to have evidence of these injuries. Getting evaluated and properly diagnosed by a medical professional is often the best way to gather this type of evidence. If you are diagnosed with a medical condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, or depression after a car accident, you may be able to recover costs incurred by the condition.

A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your right to compensation following a serious car accident. He or she can help you gather evidence of your psychological problems and demonstrate the causal relationship between the car accident and your symptoms. Medical records as well as testimony from medical professionals may be used to demonstrate your damages.

Contact a Waukegan Car Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered psychological harm in a car accident, contact a Lake County car accident attorney from The Law Offices of Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. We can help you understand your rights, calculate your damages, and pursue compensation. Call us at 847-662-3303 and schedule a free consultation today.




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