When you are injured in an accident, the physical injuries are the most pressing injuries to treat because those injuries may be life-threatening. However, physical injuries are not the only type of injuries an accident victim suffers in an accident. Psychological, emotional, and mental injuries, anguish, and distress are extremely common injuries sustained in accident cases.  While a medical professional may not easily see these injuries, the psychological injuries are serious. Psychological injuries can be crippling and alter a person’s life significantly for years or decades after an accident.

If you are suffering from psychological injuries after a personal injury accident, call The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation right now! You deserve to be compensated for psychological injuries as much as you deserve to be compensated for physical injuries.  Do not allow an insurance adjuster or other defense representative convince you that you are not entitled to compensation for your psychological injuries or these injuries are not important or significant. You are entitled to compensation, and you deserve to be compensated for these injuries so that you can continue to seek the treatment you need to move forward after an accident.

Types of Psychological Injuries After a Personal Injury

The psychological injuries that are common after someone is injured in an accident include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mood disorders
  • Anger and rage
  • Fatigue and eating disorders
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Fear of places, activities, or people
  • Shame or self-blame
  • Insomnia
  • Tachycardia
  • Flashbacks
  • Social withdrawal
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Other emotional, mental, or psychological conditions

Many people ignore the symptoms of psychological injuries or attempt to treat themselves. If you are an accident victim or you know an accident victim that is experiencing any signs or symptoms of psychological injuries, you need to see a medical professional as soon as possible. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment to help you overcome the traumatic and debilitating psychological injuries caused by your accident and injury.

What Causes Psychological Injuries in an Accident?

The symptoms of psychological injuries differ from person to person. In addition, people may experience the same type of accident or injury differently. Therefore, it can be difficult to predict whether an injury victim will suffer psychological injuries after an accident.  However, a variety of personal injury accidents can result in psychological injuries that impair your ability to return to a regular routine after an injury and accident.  Types of accidents that might result in psychological injuries for the victims include:

As you can see, the list is long, and it could be longer. Whenever a person is involved in an accident or is injured through no fault of their own, the person may suffer psychological injuries in addition to physical injuries. Therefore, if you are injured in an accident, it is important to work with a Michigan psychological injury attorney who will file an injury claim that covers all damages, including mental and emotional injuries.

Recovering Compensation for Psychological Injuries

It can be more difficult to recover compensation for psychological injuries because those types of injuries are more difficult to quantify than physical injuries. Mental and emotional injuries are subjective much like physical pain and suffering.  Therefore, it is important to work with your physicians to document your psychological injuries. Treating with mental health professionals can help increase your chance of recovering compensation for injuries related to mental health issues.  Mental health professionals can offer expert testimony how your psychological injuries impair your ability to perform daily tasks or work. This testimony is important to establish a basis for compensation for psychological injuries including:

  • Past, current, and future mental health treatment, including ongoing counseling, psychiatric care, therapy, and hospitalizations
  • Past, current, and future lost wages associated with the psychological injuries
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and inability to participate in daily tasks, activities, hobbies, exercise, etc.
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish

Your compensation for psychological injuries should be separate and apart from compensation you receive for other damages, losses, and injuries. However, it can be difficult to claim psychological injuries without physical injuries. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer works with you and your mental health professionals to establish a link between the accident and your injuries.  For instance, the onset of the symptoms began the day of or several days after the accident occurred. You require medication to overcome symptoms and function even on a basic level. You were placed in a mental hospital for treatment after your accident.  The evidence in your case may include other information based on your condition and circumstances. Our team of legal professionals has experience handling psychological injury claims.  Therefore, we will help you gather information and documentation to substantiate a claim for psychological injuries.

Contact a Michigan Personal Injury Attorney to Discuss Filing a Psychological Injury Claim

Are you suffering from psychological injuries after an accident? Do you have doubts about whether you are entitled to compensation for your psychological injuries? We encourage you to contact our office for a free case review to discuss your situation. Our Michigan personal injury attorney understands psychological injury claims and what is required to prove damages to recover compensation for a claim.  Do not let anyone minimize your psychological injuries. Mental and emotional suffering after an accident is real and debilitating. We believe you, and we want to help you.  If you are in Okemos, Lansing, or the surrounding areas, contact The Clark Law Office by calling 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation.

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