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Compensation for Mental Injuries

Generally, personal injury claims are based on the negligent acts of people. And how such acts lead to another being injured through a car accident, slip and fall or medical error. Some accident effects can result in significant psychological or mental injuries.

What are psychological injuries? This is the physical harm and suffering of a serious injury that has an impact on a person’s mental health. The emotional trauma of a sudden and severe injury can increase the risk of a person developing mental injuries. Such injuries may include an anxiety condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. A person’s mental health can be further affected when serious injuries result in a loss of skills and opportunities. For example, being unable to do everyday activities such as work, study and socialize.

Forms of Mental Injuries

Mental illnesses linked to a personal injury claims may result in many different conditions. However, one of the most common and understood conditions is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD normally stems from triggers such as seeing, hearing or having involvement in something similar to the original trauma suffered. For persons involved in a car accident such triggers may include the impact or closeness of other vehicles in traffic. Other forms of psychological injuries may include mental anguish or fear, anxiety or other such disorders. “Some individuals, [may suffer symptoms] of such psychological injuries, including:

  • an upset stomach,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • loss of appetite,
  • change in weight,
  • fatigue,
  • mood swings

Some symptoms of psychological injuries [last longer than] the recovery of the physical injuries [of] the accident.”

Psychological injuries associated with personal injury accidents may take on the form of experiencing a diminished quality of life as a result of factors such as being unable to participate in activities the victim enjoyed such as cycling, dancing or being unable to conduct normal routine activities such as bathing, walking, working or grooming. In some cases it may result in the individual becoming reliant on others for basic care.

A personal injury victim may be entitled to compensation for their physical and mental injuries. Such compensation may include medical expenses linked to treatment for counseling. However, to be compensated for psychological injuries you need to prove such mental injuries. Get legal advice and representation by a Vinson Law Office attorney, today.

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