Emotional Trauma Caused by a Car Accident
It would be difficult to walk away from a serious car accident without some sort of emotional trauma. Car accidents are fast moving, life threatening situations that a person has little to no control over. You may have been injured, or someone you love may have been injured or even killed.
It’s fairly common to develop a fear of certain things after a car accident. Sometimes that fear becomes so strong it turns into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is not the only type of emotional trauma that can develop after a car accident, but it is certainly one of the most common.
The emotional trauma resulting from a car accident can affect different aspects of a victim’s life forever, and they can cost a victim financially and cause pain and suffering. If you find yourself in this situation, contact an experienced car accident attorney to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation.
Types of Emotional Trauma
PTSD is one form of emotional trauma that can occur after a car accident. However, there are many others that a person can experience. Even people who have never had emotional issues may experience emotional trauma after a car accident. For those who have never experienced trauma before, it may be even worse because they haven’t had to develop the necessary coping skills.
- Anxiety – It’s natural to feel anxious after an accident, but if the anxiety doesn’t leave you, it can begin to negatively affect your quality of life.
- Depression – Depression may set in as you reflect on different elements of your life both before and after the accident.
- PTSD – Worse than normal anxiety, PTSD can be triggered by certain situations and sensations. The victim’s mind essentially flashes back to the car accident—over and over again. PTSD can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to live a normal life.
Effects of Emotional Trauma from Car Accidents
Emotional trauma can severely hamper your ability to function and dramatically lower your quality of life.
You may be unable to return to work, engage in normal daily living activities, or even get into a vehicle—much less drive one. Emotional trauma often has to be treated through the use of expensive medications and long-term therapies.
These medical expenses combined with lost income from time off work can mean serious financial burdens. If your emotional trauma was caused by a car accident that resulted from some else’s poor decision, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Contact an Attorney
Whether your injuries are physical or emotional, if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences alone.