The injuries from a car accident are not always limited to just physical ones. Sometimes, mental stress can develop. In some instances, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder have been experienced after an accident. If you developed emotional problems following a car accident, here is what you need to know.
Can You File a Claim or Sue?
Emotional distress is a real injury that can occur following an accident. It can manifest in several ways, including depression and anxiety. It can have an impact every aspect of your life, including how you interact with others. It is not uncommon for some people who suffer emotional distress to isolate themselves from loved ones.
All of the distress-related symptoms you are experiencing should be compensated. The compensation can be used to pay for your medical bills related to treatment you received for your symptoms. It can even account for the emotional impact it had on your relationships with others.
The symptoms are not always confined to your emotions. Symptoms, such as anxiety, can lead to physical problems. For instance, insomnia related to the accident can lead to headaches.
How Do You Prove Your Claim?
You simply cannot claim that you were emotionally impacted by the accident. You have to present enough evidence to back up your claim. There are a few ways to do this.
If you have received treatment for your emotional problems, you can ask your therapist or psychiatrist to write a detailed statement that explains your emotional condition. If you have not undergone therapy and the stress have impacted your life, you should consider getting help immediately.
You can also call on friends, family, and co-workers to help describe how you have been impacted by the accident. If they have witnessed a change in your behavior, such as angry outbursts, they can document it in writing.
In addition to these steps, you can provide a copy of the prescription medications you are taking that are related to your emotional problems. You also should get a copy of any medical bills you have that show you were treated for emotional problems.
If you have been unable to work due to the emotional distress, you need to obtain a copy of your employment records. You can ask for compensation for the days you missed work.
To learn more about building a case for emotional distress and receiving compensation, work with a personal injury attorney.