West Virginia Car Accident: Lawyer Addresses the Emotional Effect of Serious Injuries

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group
No one can underestimate the emotional effect of being injured in a serious accident. When an individual has suffered life-threatening or catastrophic injuries, there can be significant psychological damage stemming from multiple issues, such as pain and financial stress. A West Virginia car accident lawyer may be able to help you fight for compensation with the filing of an injury claim.

Emotional Impact of Serious Car Accident Injuries

When an individual has barely escaped death, it can have a traumatic effect. The thought of how close they may have been to losing their life can stick for a long time. Or if someone’s injuries are life-altering, they are left to not only deal with the physical aspect of healing but the emotional injuries suffered as well. Some of the types of injuries that can cause emotional distress include amputations, paralysis, brain damage and burn injuries that lead to scarring.

Symptoms of emotional trauma can include the following: 
  • isolation;
  • low energy;
  • panic attacks;
  • anxiety;
  • depression;
  • anger;
  • change in personality;
  • difficulty sleeping;
  • eating habits change;
  • recurring thoughts about the accident;
  • avoidance of situations similar to the accident; and
  • thoughts of suicide. 

There are other symptoms that may be experienced as well. In general, there is a change in the way an individual relates to others and behaves.

Damages for Emotional Injuries

When it comes to pursuing a claim after an accident, most individuals think about recovering damages for the medical expenses and lost earnings. However you may also be entitled to damages that address your emotional injuries.

Damages for emotional injuries can include pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and mental anguish. If your emotional trauma results in the need for medication or counseling, these costs may be covered through a claim as well.

It is important to know that when you are pursuing a claim, there is no set formula for calculating damages, especially when it comes to emotional trauma and it can often times be hard to prove. This is why you should seek medical attention if you are struggling emotionally after your accident and make sure you keep documents of seeking a doctor, therapist, or any other professional to help you cope. From there, you can provide these records to your attorney who can use this as evidence to support your case.

Seeking Help from a West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

The best way to protect your legal rights and claim is to seek help from a lawyer. A lawyer at The Miley Legal Group will take the time to carefully evaluate your case and determine if you have a legitimate claim worth pursuing.

In addition, you should order our FREE West Virginia injury guide, 7 Biggest Mistakes that Will Wreck Your West Virginia Accident Claim. Contact our office today to learn what legal options may be available if you were seriously injured as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless actions in an accident. Call today - 304-326-1800.