Emotional Impact of Car Accident Injuries
There is no doubt that car accidents can cause serious physical injuries. Indeed, car crashes are a leading cause of injuries, including fatal injuries, throughout the United States. But injuries aren’t only physical; when a seriously traumatic event occurs, especially one that results in physical injuries. a victim may be left with psychological and emotional harm as well.
The emotional impact of injuries suffered in a car accident can be so severe that a person has trouble returning to life as normal, ranging from participating in their favorite activities, returning to work, or even maintaining healthy relationships.
Types of Emotional Injuries Suffered in a Car Accident
In the aftermath of a car accident, a victim who was severely traumatized or/and who suffered serious injuries may develop emotional and psychological injuries as well. These injuries might include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that is suffered by people who have experienced a shocking or scary event. The disorder is characterized by four symptoms: 1) re-experiencing of the event (bad dreams, flashbacks, etc.), 2) avoidance (staying away from people or places that are a reminder of the traumatic incident), 3) arousal and reactivity (feeling tense or on edge, being easily startled, having angry outbursts, etc.), and 4) cognition and mood symptoms (no longer enjoying once-liked activities, feeling guilty, negative thoughts about the world or oneself). PTSD can be very difficult to live with, and can prevent a person from living a normal life or maintaining healthy relationships.
- A person may also develop symptoms of depression after a crash. This may be as a result of seeing someone they love to be injured or hurt, feeling guilty about not preventing the crash, or feeling depressed about their own injuries and more. Depression is characterized by feeling serious sadness, loss of interest in activities, anxiety and agitation, thoughts of suicide or death, lack of energy, and sometimes physical changes, such as inability to sleep, weight loss or weight gain, or unexplained pain or soreness.
- Anxiety is another condition that may develop post-car accident that can have a major negative effect on a person’s life. An anxiety disorder results in feelings of stress and panic in relation to everyday activities, and leaves a person with a feeling of impending danger, an increased heart rate or/and rapid breathing, trouble sleeping, feeling nervous or restless, and gastrointestinal issues.
- Emotional suffering and anguish. Even if a person does not have a diagnosable disorder following a car accident, they may still experience emotional suffering and anguish; there is nothing easy about suffering a severe injury, particularly one that prevents you from doing things you once loved, caring for yourself, earning an income, etc. Following a car accident, a victim may suffer from bouts of crying, feelings of humiliation, mood swings, anxiety, sleeping issues, and a disinterest in spending time with friends of family.
Compensation for Noneconomic Losses after a Car Crash in Mississippi
The state of Mississippi allows for claimants in a car accident claim to seek compensation for the full extent of their economic damages, as well as compensation for their noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering and the value of emotional injuries, sustained in a crash. As found in Mississippi code, this includes damages arising from worry, emotional distress, mental anguish, and more. While economic damages are not limited in the state, economic damages in personal injury claims are capped at $1 million dollars. This is found in Mississippi Code Section 11-1-60.
Recovering the Full Value of Your Emotional Injuries
If you have been in a car accident and suffered emotional injuries in addition your physical injuries, you deserve to be compensated. When you call the talented Mississippi car accident attorneys at the Gardner Law Firm, P.C., we will review your case free of charge, and help you to understand how much you may be entitled to in noneconomic damages. To learn more about maximizing your settlement and how we can aid you, call us today at 228-436-6555, send us a message, or visit our law office in person.