After suffering physical injuries in an accident, some people find themselves having psychological problems they have never experienced. They may begin having anxiety or panic attacks, depression from chronic pain, phobias or fear of driving or going to certain places, or their moods and personality may undergo a significant change.
These symptoms should not be disregarded. Mental and emotional damages are foreseeable consequences of any personal injury accident, and people suffering from these issues need prompt, competent care and treatment. Such mental health injuries caused by an accident must be properly evaluated and documented by a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, neuropsychiatrist, or counselor. These types of injuries significantly affect the settlement value of a case.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is possible that you are suffering from some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), Major Depression, chronic Pain Disorder, Phobia, or some other disabling mental health byproduct of the accident. If you experienced head trauma, you may need a referral to a neuropsychologist for evaluation for a possible Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”). Your case might be complicated by pre-existing factors, such as depression in various forms, or stressors pre-dating the injury, such as loss of a job, divorce, or death in the family. We will address and differentiate these prior issues and explain how your mental condition was made worse by the accident. You need to be properly compensated for the intangible and non-obvious, but nevertheless very real and debilitating consequence of someone else’s negligence.
We have seen victims of accidents leave lucrative employment, ruin their relationships with their loved ones, or completely stop driving after their accident. If your life, your relationships with others, or other activities of daily living have drastically changed after an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for these injuries as a very important part of your overall case.
You need to feel confident in selecting an attorney who is right for you. We will speak with you, listen to your concerns, and relieve some of the uncertainty and stress you are under. Our free consultation is an opportunity for you to discuss your case with us and obtain reliable information and advice. We will inform you of your rights and advise you on what is the best course of action relative to your claim, even if you decide to not retain our services. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to prevent evidence from being lost, witnesses disappearing, and deadlines for filing lawsuits expiring. Contact us today, so we can answer your questions.