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Trauma counts as emotional damages in a car accident

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2018 | Firm News, Personal Injury

Some people never view life in the same way after being involved in a car accident. They may be able to replace their car and recover from their physical injuries, but the memory of a car accident can be something that is never forgotten.

Emotional trauma is something that is very important to recognize. Many people suffer emotionally after a collision but do not recognize the way that their thoughts have changed.

What are the most common symptoms of trauma after a car accident?

Commonly, those involved in car accidents go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition means that a number of symptoms are experienced, including anxiety that is connected with reminders of what lead up to the event. For example, a person with PTSD might struggle with anxiety when they are around cars.

Can a car accident lead to phobias?

One of the outcomes of PTSD is avoidance, which can lead to a phobia. A person might experience increased anxiety when driving, and therefore, may decide to avoid it completely. This can develop into a phobia of being in a car, which can have very severe implications on that person’s life.

How can a lawsuit help me with my trauma?

When seeking damages after a car accident in the state of Pennsylvania, it is important to remember that emotional suffering counts as a type of damage, too. Gaining compensation by highlighting the trauma you are suffering from can cover the costs of therapy and other forms of psychological treatment. This will help you to heal and to enjoy your life again.  If you have been involved in an automobile accident and would like to learn more, please contact us at 814-806-2518.

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