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Claiming damages for emotional trauma after a car accident

| Jan 3, 2020 | Firm News

Car accidents can cause more than just physical damages. Those who have been physically injured in a car accident can suffer injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. However, these people may believe that the emotional injuries they suffered affected them to an even greater extent. Additionally, some car accident victims who were not physically harmed in the accident do report that their lives were altered negatively because of the trauma that they experienced during the event.

If you are suffering emotionally because of the experience that you had in a car accident, you must make a claim to gain the damages that you deserve. This could help you to fund services such as therapy so that you can improve your experience of life.

Am I suffering from emotional trauma?

Many people refuse to believe that they are suffering from emotional trauma after a car accident because they believe that such diagnoses are reserved for those who have been to war or in some other extreme environment. However, car accidents, even when relatively minor, can be extremely traumatic.

Common symptoms of emotional trauma include nightmares, sleep disturbances, irritability, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and possible weight fluctuations. Additionally, you may experience frequent flashbacks of the event, feel extremely fatigued, and lose your desire to be social.

Can I recover damages for my emotional trauma?

If you can show that another party was liable for the causation of your emotional trauma, you should be able to gain compensation for what you went through. The courts will consider many factors before deciding how much compensation you will be owed. They will consider whether any medical diagnoses pre-date the car accident that could have contributed to your emotional trauma. They will also look at the pervasiveness of your condition regarding the frequency and severity of your symptoms, and they will take the prognosis of your condition into account.

If you want to claim damages for emotional trauma after a car accident, make sure that you understand the law in New York and that you take swift action to stand up for your rights.

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