Being involved in a car accident can impact every aspect of your life profoundly. If you suffered any injuries at all, you will need to seek medical attention and possibly undergo surgery. This will prevent you from going to work or caring for your children, and it will also mean that you suffer considerably, both from a financial and emotional perspective.
This is why it is so important to consider taking action to file a personal injury claim after a car accident. Even if you did not suffer significant physical damages, you will have probably suffered emotionally as a result of the incident, and you will have almost certainly suffered financially. The following are ways that exemplify how a car accident affected you emotionally.
Highlight the emotional distress that you experienced at the scene of the accident
Being involved in an accident can be an extremely frightening experience. The feeling of losing control and not knowing whether your loved ones will be OK can be traumatic. Also, images that you witness at the scene can affect you for years to come.
Show how your life has changed after the accident
It’s common for people to view the world completely differently after going through a traumatic event such as a car accident. You may find yourself reliving the moments leading up to the car accident repeatedly in your mind, wondering whether you could have done anything differently to have prevented the collision. You may also have symptoms of anxiety, such as worrying about your loved ones every time they travel in a car, having panic attacks or avoiding certain situations that remind you of the accident.
If you are experiencing many of these emotional symptoms and find that they are affecting your ability to live your life, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that commonly occurs after car accidents. While it can be a pervasive condition, it is highly treatable through therapy and sometimes medication.
If you have been emotionally affected by a car accident, filing for damages could help you gain compensation that could fund therapy sessions and other services that will aid you in getting on the path to recovery.