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Emotional Distress from a Car Accident is Very Real

Impact of Car Accidents Can Be Long-Lasting

Most car accidents are not fatal, thank goodness. However, even minor accidents can result in serious emotional distress and mental anguish.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost every 10 seconds, someone in the United States becomes a victim of a car accident injury. These types of accidents can leave victims with not only serious physical injuries, but also long-term anxiety, fears and phobias of driving or traveling in a car.

Symptoms of Mental Anguish

Many times, insurance companies will attempt to dismiss claims of emotional distress, viewing them as a ploy to get more money. They need to know that emotional distress is real, and it can be debilitating, changing the life of a victim forever. Symptoms of mental anguish can be difficult to recognize at first, but may include:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • bitterness

  • guilt

  • insomnia

  • helplessness

  • frustration

Studies Show Emotional Distress is Real

Studies have shown that even when physical injuries are not that serious, emotional distress (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, etc.) can linger for years after the accident. One particular study performed in Britain showed that most car accident victims do recover psychologically within a year after an accident, but some developed anxiety and other persistent problems even months after the accident.

If you suffer from emotional distress after an accident, you may find it very difficult, or near impossible, to drive or ride in a motor vehicle for years, and maybe for the rest of your life. Seeing things that remind you of your accident may result in serious anxiety, nervousness or fear that will keep you from being able to travel in a car altogether.

Obviously, most of our lives would be affected negatively if this were the case.

How would we get to work?

How would we pick our children up from school or attend their school events?

It could be a great inconvenience and become very difficult to travel anywhere in a vehicle.

Evidence of Your Distress

It is important to be able to describe and convince the insurance company involved that you deserve reimbursement for your pain and suffering. This is done by providing evidence of what you are experiencing. You need to be able to give specific examples of what has caused your emotional distress, inability to sleep, or depression. You must clearly explain how these symptoms have affected your life and the life of your family.

When an insurance company has evidence of your distress, they are most likely to reimburse you a higher amount of money for your suffering. Good examples of this type of evidence can include:

  • Letters (from loved ones, friends, employers and others telling how they have witnessed your emotional distress since your accident)

  • Mental Health Narratives (from counselors, psychologists, or your family physician. They will write their professional observations of your mental and emotional state.)

  • Prescriptions (Keep a list of any medications you have been prescribed by a doctor for depression, anxiety or other psychological symptoms.)

How an Experienced Lawyer Can Help You Win

Finally, don’t battle the insurance company alone when an experienced attorney can fight for you. The attorneys at Van Wey, Presby & Williams have helped hundreds of car accident victims recover compensation for emotional and physical injuries sustained in car accidents where another driver was at fault. They know how to navigate through the sometimes complex process of dealing with insurance companies who are not looking out for your interests.

Contact us today for a free consultation about your car accident and emotional suffering. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By: Kay Van Wey | December 4th, 2015

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