If you are suffering from anxiety after a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you may be able to recover compensation for your anxiety treatment. Anxiety can be a very real effect of a car accident and can be considered both an injury as well as a non-economic loss that falls into the category of “pain and suffering.”
To recover damages for anxiety caused by a car crash, it is crucial to have documented evidence of your condition and how it stems from the accident. Have a medical professional diagnose your anxiety or PTSD and establish how the car crash has negatively impacted your mental health and well-being. If you already suffered from anxiety prior to the accident, then you must show how the accident caused it to increase. You may need to provide past medical records to accomplish this.
Keep track of the costs of your anxiety, including your therapy, medications, other treatments, transportation to your medical appointments, and any wages lost if your anxiety affected your ability to work or drive to work. Recovering compensation for anxiety can be tricky. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer who can help determine your best legal path for compensation.
A car crash can be a traumatic experience. After an accident, anxiety may be triggered by having to drive a car, riding as a passenger in the car, hearing loud noises that imitate the sound of a crash, or driving by the site of the accident. Anxiety can take many forms and have differing symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, trembling, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, intense feelings of worry or impending danger, and panic.
Some anxiety is caused by PTSD. PTSD occurs as a reaction to a traumatic and terrifying event, such as a car crash. Along with intense anxiety, people with PTSD may experience flashbacks, nightmares, and stress on a level that makes it difficult to engage in normal day-to-day activities. This kind of emotional distress can impact a person’s life just as much as physical injuries from the accident. In addition to the cost of treatment, they may suffer a serious loss of income if their anxiety prevents them from going back to work.
If you have PTSD, anxiety, or another type of mental injury from a car crash, speak with our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we advocate for clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.