No one can underestimate the emotional effects of being injured in a serious car accident. When an individual has suffered life-threatening or catastrophic injuries, there can be significant psychological damage. A West Virginia car accident lawyer may be able to help with filing a 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:
- lack of energy;
- panic attacks;
- change in personality;
- difficulty sleeping;
- a change in eating habits;
- 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. It is important to be on the lookout for these symptoms with your loved one suffered a serious injury.
Damages for Emotional Injuries
When it comes to pursuing a claim after a car 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.
Seeking Help from a West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
The best way to protect your rights is to seek help from a West Virginia car accident 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.
In addition, you should order our FREE West Virginiainjury 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 a car accident. Call today at 304-326-1800.