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Emotional distress is a form of injury

by | Mar 28, 2019 | Car Accidents |

It is sometimes easy to note physical injuries after a car accident. Something like a laceration on your face or a broken arm is hard to overlook. It’s easy to prove that you’re suffering and that the accident was responsible for that suffering.

That’s important if you want to seek financial compensation. You should not have much trouble demonstrating why you need that compensation and what it should cover.

But what about something more abstract, like emotional distress? You can’t quantify it. No one can really see it. Some might argue that you are not suffering at all. Does something like that count?

It absolutely can, and some even say that emotional distress is fairly common. Remember, if you’re riding with someone else at the time of the crash, it’s probably someone you’re close to. It could be a family member or a close friend.

When you have to witness that person suffer a serious injury or even pass away in the crash, it has a drastic impact on your mental and emotional health. You may replay the tragic event in your mind over and over again. You may ask yourself why you survived or what you could have done for them. You may have flashbacks and develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unable to think of anything but that fateful crash.

These issues can change your life forever. They can lead to significant medical bills for therapy and medications. Do not overlook them or minimize their impact. Instead, find out what rights you have to seek out financial compensation for everything that happened to you as a result of that crash.


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