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When A Car Accident Causes Emotional Trauma

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After you are involved in a car accident, you might feel lucky that you have not suffered any injures. However, car accidents do not only have the potential to leave physical scars. They can leave emotional scars as well. There are several symptoms that may show you have suffered emotional trauma due to your car accident.

Effects On Your Life

Whenever you need to go for a drive, you might break out into a cold sweat. You may find that you are unable to meet your responsibilities because you are unable to drive and you may not be able to earn an income. You may begin to feel hopeless about your future. You may also find that you are unable to enjoy activities that you previously enjoyed.

Flashbacks and Nightmares

You may have nightmares of the car accident or you may suffer from flashbacks to the accident. Likewise, you may find it difficult to not talk about the car accident. You may feel that your mood has changed and you may also have a difficult time talking about other things in your life.

Not Feeling the Same

You might feel that you are emotionally numb. You may suffer from a loss of memories and may feel dazed, disoriented, or confused. You may also feel drowsy and might struggle to wake up. All of these symptoms can have a strong impact on your ability to live your life to the fullest and you may need to speak with a therapist, which can be very expensive. Therefore, you will need to speak with a car accident lawyer about pursuing the compensation you deserve for your emotional trauma. 

To be able to sue for emotional trauma, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault. You will need to prove that you suffered from a serious impairment due to the accident that has lead to you suffering damages. Speak with your car accident lawyer about whether you may seek compensation from the insurance provider of the other motorist. Depending on state law, you may need to sue the driver directly.

Damages to Calculate

If you sue the driver, you will be able to seek compensation for unpaid benefits, pain and suffering damages, and any other economic damages you have suffered. You will need help from a personal injury law firm and several types of experts to determine exactly how much you should be compensated. Contact a car accident lawyer for more information.