Psychological injuries like PTSD are common injuries following a catastrophic accident.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a catastrophic car accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention as soon as you can. The sooner you seek medical help the better your chances are to prevent complications with recovery and other serious health problems. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim may have to undergo prolonged and extensive treatment and rehabilitation. While physical injuries are serious and require urgent care, attention should also be given to the victim’s psychological well-being. As a result of traumatic injuries physically, this can also lead to reoccurring psychological damages that many people do not take into account. It is common for victims to have mental issues versus physical issues in car accidents in California.
What Are The Psychological Effects of Car Accident Injuries?
- Disabilities and impairments: Severe physical injuries to the head or brain can cause a wide variety of impairments. These disabilities can limit a victim’s ability to work or care for themselves and their families. Even if these impairments are temporary, not being able to earn a living and having to depend on others can leave the victim emotionally distressed.
- Physical Pain: Sometimes an injury after a car accident can cause permanent chronic pain. Living with this constant pain every single day can have psychological effects on a victim and may lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
- Scarring and disfigurement: Disfigurement can cause anxiety and depression due to a changed physical appearance and can also cause social anxiety and associated fears.
What Is Emotional Pain And Suffering?
A form of emotional pain and suffering is known as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can develop following any kind of traumatic event in which a victim sustains serious physical injuries or emotional trauma. Car accidents are sudden and violent events that can cause chain reaction collisions, rolling over, being trapped inside the car, or other situations that are extremely traumatic. Studies have shown that nearly 9 percent of motor vehicle accident victims suffer from PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Intrusive thoughts such as repeated, involuntary memories; distressing dreams; or flashbacks of the traumatic event.
- Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event may include avoiding people, places, activities, objects, and situations that bring on distressing memories.
- Negative thoughts and feelings may include ongoing and distorted beliefs about oneself or others (e.g., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted”); ongoing fear, horror, anger, guilt or shame; much less interest in activities previously enjoyed; or feeling detached or estranged from others.
- Arousal and reactive symptoms may include being irritable and having angry outbursts; behaving recklessly or in a self-destructive way; being easily startled, or having problems concentrating or sleeping.
In California, a large number of car accident victims with PTSD also suffer from major depression, mood disorders, and severe phobias. These symptoms adversely affect the victim’s personal and work life. The victim may require a significant amount of therapy and medication to recover from the condition. Recovery doesn’t have to be alone and scary. Krasney Law is here to help you get the compensation you deserve and to give legal advice every step of the way.
Recovering Compensation for Emotional Injuries In California
Medical bills for physical injuries aren’t the worst of your worries following a traumatic car accident. Treatment for psychological disorders can be extensive and may last a long time. Recovery could mean using the help of a psychologist and even consistent therapy. You may need help recovering compensation to cover the costs of treatment and therapy. Call our personal injury lawyers at (909) 380-7200 for a free consultation.