Those injured by car accidents are often left with more than just physical scars. Sometimes the emotional toll of suffering through an accident can be just as debilitating as the physical one. Stress and anxiety that result from personal injury are non-economic damages that are often referred to as pain and suffering. Below are some tips from Indianapolis accident lawyers on how to recognize the signs of stress related from an accident and what to do if you are suffering from accident related stress.
- Your car accident may have caused or exacerbated an anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of increased agitation, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, restlessness, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, and sleeplessness are indicative of an anxiety disorder, including PTSD or panic disorder.
- Medical treatment helps prove your pain and suffering’s severity. Nearly every victim of personal injury negligence experiences some kind of anxiety or depression as a result of their experience or injuries. However, some injured are more affected than others. seeking psychological treatment can both help you emotionally recover from the incident, and prove to the insurance company (or even a jury) that your pain and suffering significantly affects your ability to function.
- You may even have a separate claim of action resulting from your emotional distress called intentional infliction of emotional distress. Depending on your jurisdiction, if the defendant was either grossly negligent or clearly intended to cause you emotional as well as physical harm, you may be able to bring this claim. Cases where road rage is the cause of the car accident would be a primary example here.