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Signs of Mental Trauma After an Accident

Post-traumatic stress disorder in auto accident survivors is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, you’ll want to keep an eye out for signs of PTSD and mental trauma after an accident. Anxious feelings, nightmares, and sleep issues are just a few of the symptoms you might experience after a car wreck.

Identifying PTSD and mental trauma early on can not only help you secure the appropriate medical treatment, but it can also allow your lawyer to add damages for psychological distress to your car accident claim. If you believe you’ve developed a mental disorder after an accident, the team at Pendleton Law can help you.

Look for These Signs of Mental Trauma if You’ve Been in a Car Accident

Car accidents can result in a number of different negative psychological effects. Fortunately, filing a personal injury claim can help victims get the resources they need to treat their accident-related mental trauma.

If you notice any of the following psychological symptoms after a car wreck, you’ll want to alert your attorney and seek counseling from a therapist or psychiatrist:

  • Mood swings and unexplained anger
  • Fear of riding in a car
  • Depression
  • Unwillingness to participate in social activities
  • Sleep issues, nightmares and insomnia

If you’ve been in an accident, feelings of shock, worry, and disbelief are completely normal. However, if psychological issues persist for weeks and months after the incident, it might be time to seek counseling from a professional.

Signs of PTSD After an Accident

PTSD is a distinct mental disorder that develops in individuals who’ve been involved in an incredibly shocking or dangerous event. If you experience any of the following mental symptoms after an accident, you should talk to a professional about the possibility of a PTSD diagnosis:

  • Flashbacks to the accident
  • Nightmares about the accident
  • Feeling detached from others
  • Feelings of distress when you’re reminded about the accident
  • Tendency towards aggressive behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you notice any of these signs of PTSD after an accident, don’t hesitate to get professional help. A counselor can help you understand the feelings you’re having and provide the treatment you need to cope with and recover from your disorder. You’ll also want to speak with a lawyer. They’ll be able to recover compensation to cover your mental health expenses.

Speak to an Attorney if You Experience Mental Distress After an Accident

If you notice any of the common signs of PTSD or mental trauma after a car accident, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation. However, you won’t be able to file a claim for damages unless a lawyer can prove that the accident was caused by another driver. 

In order to hold the other driver responsible for your mental health treatment expenses, your attorney will have to investigate the accident you were in. They’ll collect photographic evidence, witness accounts, medical records, and expert testimony to build your case.

For your claim to be successful, they’ll need to find enough evidence to prove that the offending driver’s negligence caused the accident, and that the accident directly resulted in your PTSD or mental trauma. Lastly, they’ll have to show, using your treatment bills, that your mental distress resulted in financial loss.

Tips for Dealing With Mental Trauma After an Auto Accident

While therapy is the best way to recuperate from accident-related mental distress, there are a few things you can do on your own to mitigate the impact that PTSD and mental trauma have on your everyday life. Here’s what you can do to deal with mental trauma after a an auto accident:

  • Set aside time for self care
  • Get a good amount of sleep every night
  • Talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Exercise

While these actions can aid you in your recovery, they’re no substitute for counseling and prescription medication. If you have access to mental healthcare, you’ll want to take advantage of it. 

Don’t Wait to Take Legal Action if You Experience Mental Trauma After an Accident

If you experience signs of mental trauma or PTSD after an accident, you’ll want to take legal action as soon as possible. That’s because there’s a statute of limitations that dictates how much time you have to file a personal injury claim in the state of Virginia.

Your time to file a claim could be running out. Speak to an experienced attorney now to maximize your chances of receiving a fair payment. Failure to file before the legal deadline could prevent you from receiving compensation for the cost of counseling and medication. A seasoned lawyer will be able to submit the necessary paperwork before it’s too late!

Damages You Could Receive From a Personal Injury Claim

If you decide to file a personal injury claim for the psychological issues your accident has left you with, there are several damages you might receive. A seasoned attorney will be able to investigate your case and file a claim for one or more of the following damages:

  • Mental distress. If you’re experiencing signs of PTSD and mental trauma after an accident that was caused by another party, mental distress damages can be requested to make up for the psychological suffering you’ve been forced to endure.
  • Treatment bills. These damages can cover the cost of therapy and medication prescribed by a psychiatrist.
  • Reduced quality of life. If you feel that your mental trauma is preventing you from living life to the fullest, your attorney can add these damages to your claim.

Our Attorneys Can Help You Pursue Legal Action

If you’ve been in an accident caused by another party and are experiencing symptoms of mental trauma, it’s only fair that you receive compensation for your suffering. A personal injury lawyer from Christina Pendleton & Associates can investigate your case and file your claim within the relevant statute of limitations.

Contact us to get the compensation you need to recover from your mental distress. The attorneys at our firm are exceptionally passionate and understand the struggle that people with mental trauma have to go through. They’ll be here for you throughout the entirety of your case, and will do their best to make the coming months as easy as possible for you.