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The physical injuries caused by a car crash can be devastating, but invisible wounds can also exacerbate them. The mental anguish and stress caused by a car crash are often underestimated. There can be dire consequences if they’re ignored.
Many crash victims may not consider seeking treatment for their mental pain after a crash because they aren’t sure who would pay for it. However, under Illinois law, crash victims can recover damages for mental anguish.
An experienced Chicago car accident attorney on the Staver Accident Injury Lawyer, P.C., team can help you navigate the claims process as you recover physically and mentally after a car crash.
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Mental anguish is defined in many ways. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one form. This disorder is commonly associated with military service. However, anyone who has lived through or witnessed an upsetting event could experience PTSD. A gruesome car crash is one such experience.
While some people’s brains can return to a normal state after a disturbing experience, others won’t. People who have PTSD will live in a constant state of “fight or flight.” Some triggers could set off anxiety, seemingly irrational behavior, or cause a complete shutdown.
Yes. Car crashes can be highly traumatizing. It doesn’t matter if the crash was egregious, like one with a large commercial vehicle, or a mild fender-bender, like a rear-end collision. Anything that might stress the driver or disrupt their thinking could influence their everyday lives.
Without treatment, these symptoms could worsen, and their life could get even more out of control.
Mental anguish and PTSD might be considered “invisible” injuries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t signs that they’re present.
Crash survivors could be experiencing other PTSD symptoms. A medical professional should assess survivors to make a diagnosis, which could be covered in your insurance claim.
Children can be affected by car accidents like adults, but they process trauma slightly differently. They may not understand what happened, but addressing symptoms in children is critical so their development isn’t upset.
Children with PTSD could exhibit similar symptoms, like sleep problems, irritability, or feeling helpless. Sometimes children can relive traumatic incidents by thinking about them or playing them out. These symptoms may resemble attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Taking them to a medical professional can help identify the disorder and direct treatment.
Some cases of PTSD are resolved in time without specific treatments. Symptoms can decrease over time or be treated by visiting and talking with friends, family, or other communities. However, anyone experiencing PTSD should discuss their symptoms or experience with a doctor or medical professional to explore recovery methods.
A medical professional can identify and prescribe possible treatment methods after your car crash. PTSD is not something you need to face alone, especially after someone else’s reckless behavior caused the crash that hurt you. Attorney Jared Staver and his team can help you pursue compensation to cover your treatment.
Under Illinois personal injury law, you’re entitled to compensation for damages you experience in a car crash. You can pursue economic (out-of-pocket) expenses or non-economic losses.
Non-economic losses aren’t always easy to calculate. They’re conceptual. These losses are the ones you’ve suffered because of the crash. PTSD is often included in mental anguish after a crash. Someone with PTSD will likely lose enjoyment in some of their hobbies or no longer interact with loved ones. You can include these losses in your claim when you file against the person who caused the crash.
It can be difficult to calculate losses after a car crash, especially when weighing something as nebulous as your experience dealing with PTSD. Each case is unique, and a knowledgeable Chicago car accident attorney can assist you in finding the total of your losses. You’ll need to consider your out-of-pocket expenses and what you lost because of the crash.
If you’re experiencing PTSD because of your accident, the at-fault party could be responsible for paying for them. Working with an attorney is crucial because PTSD symptoms may not be readily apparent. Illinois has a two-year statute of limitations, and you’re better off filing a claim sooner rather than later. Your attorney can discuss how the crash impacted you financially, physically, and emotionally. They can investigate your crash, find who’s at fault, and work on bringing a case against them. If their insurance company doesn’t agree to a settlement to cover your losses, you need an attorney ready to go to court for your best interest.
The Chicago car accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., are prepared to hear your case and fight for recovery. We have the knowledge and experience to help you bring a claim against the driver responsible for the crash that hurt you.
We’ve helped clients in similar situations recover millions, and we’re ready to review your case and help you secure your future. PTSD is a severe condition; if someone’s negligence hurt you, we understand you need help.
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