PTSD/Emotional Injuries After A Car Accident
After you have been in a car crash, the different types of damage you may face are numerous. At first, it is likely that you are most aware of the physical damages that the accident caused. However, in the aftermath of a severe car crash, there is another form of damage that you cannot see and may be difficult to address.
This is the emotional impact of the car crash, known as psychological trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A car crash is filled with a variety of emotions, such as terror, anger, sadness, and disbelief that such a horrible event has occurred. The overwhelming emotions you experience after a car crash may stay with you and negatively impact your life for months or years after the accident.
The emotional damage sustained in a car crash is just as valid and as life-altering as any of the physical consequences of the crash. That is why The Benton Law Firm is prepared to help you take care of your emotional well-being after a car crash. Call us today at (214) 777-7777 for a free consultation, so you can better understand how to seek justice and compensation for your psychological pain and suffering.
Why You Need a Lawyer
An attorney who is experienced in personal injury law, including emotional injuries and trauma, understands the stress and frustration you may be experiencing after a car crash. This stress only increases when you are pursuing a lawsuit against the person who caused you such harm. However, with a lawyer on your case, you do not have to fight for compensation alone. Although monetary compensation cannot reverse the psychological damage a crash has caused, it can help you gain access to resources, therapy, and other treatment options, which can lessen the burden. In order to receive the maximum compensation possible, you need a lawyer who is experienced in the field and understands how to make the strongest case possible.
Why Choose Us?
The lawyers at The Benton Law Firm are prepared to fight for you to help you receive the compensation you need, in order to manage your emotional injuries and start living your life again. Our attorneys understand that finances may prevent you from seeking the justice you deserve. That is why we offer our services to you with the guarantee that you will not pay anything unless we win.
We also offer a free consultation on your case, so that you can understand what compensation may be available to you, before you begin litigation. Our team recognizes that the person who harmed you or your loved ones must pay the price for their actions, and we are prepared to fight on your behalf.
What is Psychological Trauma?
Psychological trauma is the emotional damage a person suffers after an event that is overwhelmingly distressing and terrifying. For example, in the event of a car crash, your life and your entire worldview may change in an instant, and you may struggle to understand and reconcile the emotional consequences of another driver’s reckless actions. Furthermore, psychological trauma may not be apparent immediately after a car crash, as the initial shock of the event can cloud your ability to fully process what has happened. Some individuals do not begin to recognize the emotional injuries they have sustained from a crash for days, weeks, or even months after the event.
Although psychological trauma may look very different within each individual person, one possible consequence of emotional trauma is PTSD. This disorder is characterized by feelings of fear and dread that do not reduce or may even increase in the time after the traumatic event. PTSD is a very challenging disorder to manage, and it may have life-long impacts on the individual.
If you are experiencing emotional trauma or have developed PTSD as a result of a serious car crash, you have the right to demand compensation for the impact this crash has had on your life and your mental well-being.
Impacts of Psychological Trauma
When you are suffering from and emotional injury, as the result of a car crash, you may be feeling and experiencing a wide range of effects. Many different factors can impact the way you feel about and react to the aftermath of a serious car crash. Some examples of these factors may include your emotional well-being before the crash, the type and amount of physical injuries you experienced during the crash, the support system of your friends and family after the crash, and whether or not you have access to mental health resources.
For this reason, individuals who are suffering from an emotional injury may have a variety of different symptoms that range from having a minimal impact on their daily life to completely impairing normal daily functions. Some of the most common symptoms of emotional trauma may include:
- Intrusive thoughts or images related to the event
- Panic attacks
- Increased irritability
- Isolation or withdrawal from people and activities
- Overwhelming fear when facing daily tasks related to the event
- Feeling numb to emotions
Any of these psychological symptoms has the potential to impact your ability to interact socially, to perform activities you used to enjoy, to return to work, or to complete necessary daily self-care. Furthermore, emotional trauma may not present through only psychological symptoms, but you may experience physical symptoms of this trauma as well, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping too much or being unable to sleep
- Chronic fatigue
- Tendency to be on edge or easily startled
- Aching throughout your body
- Decreased sex drive
If you have experienced any of these physical or psychological symptoms, you may be experiencing the results of psychological trauma. Recognizing and treating these symptoms can be a long and difficult task, but you do not have to work through emotional trauma alone.
Contact The Benton Law Firm Today
If you have experienced emotional injuries or PTSD after a serious car crash, the lawyers at The Benton Law Firm are prepared to help. Contact us today at (214) 777-7777 for a free consultation, so that we can begin work on your case, and you can begin the healing process.