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Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Include Emotional Trauma?

People typically associate trauma with the death of a loved one and with natural disasters. However, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that trauma can be anything deeply distressing or disturbing. It looks different for each individual even though they witnessed or experienced the same thing. They won’t have the same degree of suffering. And issues can take days, weeks, or months to surface.

When victims seek help for psychological distress, it isn’t right to tell them to “just get over it.” Trauma is a serious concern that may result in an inability to cope with everyday situations. And there’s a chance that mental and emotional trauma of difficult situations can be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit. After all, they can also result in hospital bills and lost income.

How do mental and emotional personal injuries manifest?

Personal injuries that affect an individual’s mental and emotional health may be categorized into one of the following: traumatic brain injury, emotional trauma, or the inability to cope with reality.

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by violent collisions and heavy blows to the head. Although these are physical injuries that require medical treatment, they can also contribute to cognitive impairment. Victims might experience memory loss along with problems with concentration and reasoning. These symptoms may heal over time, but serious cases may cause permanent damage.

Emotional trauma is common among people who get into an accident or witness traumatic situations caused by someone else’s reckless actions. Symptoms may include fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, and intense feelings of anger, fear, or sadness. These may last longer than physical injuries.

The inability to cope with everyday life usually stems from visible scars, obvious limps, missing limbs, and permanent disabilities caused by an accident or a traumatic incident. The psychological distress of not being able to return to their old life may lead to mood swings and similar symptoms to emotional trauma.

What are examples of mental and emotional personal injuries?

Like how physical injuries after a bad accident should be tended to by a medical doctor, an individual’s psychological wellbeing should be checked by a mental health professional. A traumatic incident may lead to mental health issues that may be considered as mental or emotional personal injuries.

These are the most common conditions that could fall under mental personal injury:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias

If the psychological health concerns are chronic, and if they result in long-term recuperation or permanent disability, then the victim may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. They may seek compensation for emotional distress, ongoing medication and therapy, and lost wages and income.

Get a Reputable Personal Injury Lawyer to Fight for Your Rights

Defendants and their insurance companies might try to claim that an accident that they caused didn’t lead to the victim’s mental or emotional trauma. Alternatively, they might claim that the victim is faking or amplifying the symptoms of a psychological disorder linked to the personal injury.

Psychological conditions might be challenging to prove or link directly to the defendant’s careless or negligent actions. But an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to create a strategy for the best chances of securing your compensation.

Call us today at 213-514-5681 for relentless legal representation for your mental or emotional injury case.

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