The emotional and mental health consequences of a car accident can affect your quality of life and cost you financially. You may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages for this aspect of the harm you have suffered. The amount and types of damages you can recover for emotional harm and mental health consequences will depend on the severity or your physical injuries and the accident itself, as well as whether you have received treatment for the emotional and mental health effects of your accident and if you can prove that you have lost income and/or earning capacity as a result.
Emotional and Mental Health Consequences of Car Accidents
Everyone reacts differently to a car wreck. For some the psychological impact is brief, but for others it can last a lifetime. The circumstances and severity of the accident as well as serious injury or death of others involved may play a larger role in the emotional fallout than the severity of your physical injuries.
Examples of the potential mental health consequences of a car accident, for which you may require professional treatment include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe phobia of driving or riding in motor vehicles
- Survivor guilt
If you incur medical bills for treatment of the psychological consequences of your accident, they should be included in the economic damages portion of your claim. You may also miss time from work or be unable to return to your previous position or earning level, resulting in economic damages.
More commonly, the emotional harm of a car accident will fall into your noneconomic damages. Examples include emotional anguish, mental distress, and diminished quality of life.
The emotional and psychological impact of car accidents and car accident injuries can change your life, damage your relationships and affect you financially. To learn more about protecting your right to full compensation, call Sheridan & Rund, PC, at 855-295-6112 or email us and schedule your free consultation.