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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.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysA serious slip and fall accident, car crash, assault, or other frightening incident can leave emotional scars that last years if not a lifetime. Trauma can have profound short-term and long-term effects on a person’s mind and body. Events that are particularly shocking or disturbing are hard for our brains to process and understand so the negative emotions of the traumatic event can linger long after the actual danger has passed.

Many people who have been through a traumatic event develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other psychological conditions. These mental health conditions can make it hard if not impossible to work and live a normal life. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may allow a person suffering from the effects of trauma to receive financial compensation for their mental injuries.

When is a Personal Injury Lawsuit Possible?

A personal injury claim is a civil action used to pursue compensation when an individual has been harmed by the negligent or wrongful actions of another party. The other party may be a person, or it may be an entity such as an organization or business. Negligence is typically defined as the failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonably cautious person would exercise in a similar situation.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysBeing involved in a serious car accident or other injury-causing incident can leave both physical and mental scars. Experiencing the chaos and destruction caused by a major auto accident firsthand can be extremely shocking. Some car accident victims are even witness to the death or catastrophic injury of other individuals involved in the accident such as passengers or pedestrians. Needless to say, these mental images can haunt a person for years. Mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, and depression can be caused or worsened by a major accident. These injuries may not be observable in the way that a broken arm is evident, but they are just as real.

Signs of Psychological Distress After an Accident

While we often think about physical injuries when we think of the damage caused by major auto accidents, the psychological damage caused can often be just as distressing or even worse than the physical injuries. One mental condition that is especially common in accident victims is PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD may only become apparent weeks or months after the traumatizing event. They include but are not limited to:

  • Nightmares
  • Distressing flashbacks
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Heart palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings and
  • Difficulties completing daily living tasks or work-related tasks

If you have experienced these issues after a traumatizing event, speak with a mental health professional immediately.

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car accident injuries, fear of driving, physical injuries, PTSD, Waukegan car accident attorneyOften times, those who are in car accidents do not necessarily experience injuries of any kind right away. Instead, the injuries may appear in the days, weeks, or even months following the accident. Common car accident injuries include both mental and physical injuries and can negatively affect the victim’s life.

Delayed Physical Injuries From Car Accidents

Individuals involved in a car crash may find that they feel the physical effects of the crash later on. Some of the physical injuries that result from car accidents include the following:

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Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer,Every day on our Illinois roadways, an overwhelming number of drivers experience car accident and injury, leaving them to face a barrage of health and financial challenges in the collision aftermath. According to the Illinois State Police, more than one million U.S. annual crashes are due to distracted driving incidents alone, not counting crashes due to intoxication and other factors. Every time we decide to ride in a vehicle, we place ourselves at risk. While taking proper safety precautions - like wearing our seatbelt and refraining from talking on the phone while driving - can increase our chances of remaining safe in the event of an accident, we are still susceptible to a variety of injuries upon impact.

Ongoing Conditions often Triggered by Collision

Collision-related injuries can be very tricky to detect, predict, and treat. Even with a full physical exam immediately after the accident, certain injuries may not be discovered right away. It is not uncommon for these injuries to give way to long-term, chronic conditions that develop later on, sometimes days or weeks after the initial accident took place. This is especially true for injuries related to the muscles or nerves, which do not always reveal themselves in full scope until some time after the collision.

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