Claiming damages for mental trauma after an accident
Being involved in a car accident can be deeply traumatic. While you will likely have suffered significant physical injuries as a result of the accident you were involved in, you may also feel that the so-called “invisible” mental damages were equally, if not more, difficult to deal with. There is an increasing awareness of the psychological impact of car accidents and it’s important that you seek the advice of a medical professional if you feel in any way affected by such a terrible experience. In addition, by showing the way in which you were affected mentally, you may be able to gain damages to address this type of suffering when making a car accident claim. The following is a brief overview of when and how you are able to gain damages for mental trauma.
Have your symptoms diagnosed
If you are going through any type of mental struggle, speak to a medical professional regardless of what you believe to be the cause. This will mean that you are able to gain the appropriate treatment so that you can start to feel well again. When consulting with a mental health professional, they may diagnose you with a specific condition, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Understand your prognosis
Having an estimated prognosis can help you to predict the extent to which your condition will affect you in the future. This can help you to maximize the damages that you may be able to settle.
Show a causal link between your mental health and the car accident
In order to claim damages for mental health issues as part of a car accident settlement, you should be able to show a causal link between the occurrence of the car accident and your mental health issues. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety in the aftermath of a car accident, make sure that you understand the damages that you are likely entitled to.
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