Recovering from an auto accident takes a lot of physical strength, as well as emotional fortitude. Being in an accident, even a minor one, is scary and can cause anxiety. Suffering from emotional distress used to be questioned, and proof of a certain state of mind was needed in order to recover for this element of damage after having been in an accident. But, with more and more reported cases of post traumatic distress, mainly in the military, the concept is gaining credibility.
The purpose of seeking damage for emotional distress after an accident is to compensate you for the psychological trauma associated with the incident. Some common elements of emotional distress include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Inability to sleep.
- Anxiety in social situations, or in a situation similar to the accident type.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Fear or frustration.
- Chronic headaches.
- Low self-esteem.
- Difficulty forming or maintaining relationships.
- Dramatic weight gain or loss.
Claiming emotional distress and proving it are two different things. Because this type of injury is not visible, it takes reliable proof to show your damages. Testimony from a mental health professional or physician is a good place to start, and you can also call on friends and family to give their perception of changes in your mood or psychological state. And, if your symptoms persist for a long period of time, this can be used to show you are suffering from an emotional episode and not just an instantaneous reaction to the accident. We can help establish all of your injuries, and aggressively pursue adequate remedies on your behalf. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.