Psychological Stress After a Florida Car Accident
A motor vehicle accident often causes not only physical injuries, but also mental anguish. Long after cuts or broken bones have healed, accident victims may still suffer from psychological stress. Anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder can be common after motor vehicle accidents. As with physical injuries, accident victims may be eligible for compensation for their psychological injuries as well.
Documenting psychological stress
To obtain compensation after a motor vehicle crash, the claimant (through his or her Florida personal injury attorney) must submit proof of all damages sought. Physical injuries are accommodated by medical bills, but what about psychological stress?
Some psychological stress claims may be supported by submitting counseling bills and invoices. In addition, statements or depositions may be taken from those who have witnessed the psychological effects an accident has had on a victim. For example, a friend may be able to explain how withdrawn and anxious a victim has become, or a spouse may explain how the victim is scared to ride in a car.
A direct link between the accident and the psychological stress must be supported. Otherwise, the claim may fail. A skilled personal injury lawyer is able to clearly demonstrate the psychological impact an accident has had on a victim.
Most serious injury cases settle without the need for a trial. Therefore, the parties are free to negotiate an amount to award the victim for psychological stress. If the case must go to trial, a jury will ultimately decide the amount of damages to award the victim—including those for psychological stress.
It is important to have a Florida personal injury attorney on your side throughout your claim. These attorneys ensure that victims’ legal rights are protected and that they are fairly compensated after an accident.