Could I be Emotionally Traumatized After my California Car Accident?
With the ever-growing number of vehicles on California’s roadways, all trying to get somewhere in a hurry, the likelihood of being involved in a car accident is higher today than it has ever been bringing with it increased risks of sustaining a serious injury. Even a small auto accident, such as a “fender bender,” can be a psychologically damaging event for someone already enduring emotional distress from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Assuredly, bodily injuries resulting from vehicle accidents are much easier to detect and diagnose. Any type of vehicle accident could also be followed by differing degrees of emotional injury that are considerably more challenging to diagnose but not any less serious than the physical injuries the victim has received.
If you have been injured in a car accident you need to seek legal representation from a qualified personal injury attorney like those at the Los Angeles Injury Group as soon as possible.
Symptoms of Emotional Trauma
The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs has published data showing that about 10% of people who are involved in a car accident manifest some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder. You might be experiencing a kind of emotional trauma following a car accident, in the event that you suddenly notice involuntary changes in your behavior, such as:
- Sleep loss or sleep disturbances
- Sudden feelings of loneliness or being overwhelmed
- Moodiness and irritability
- Social withdrawal
- Obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors
- Drastic weight fluctuations
- Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
The kind of emotional trauma that a victim develops and the degree to which they develop it relies on a variety of factors. Some of these factors, that are able to have an effect on the outcome are:
- Any pre-existing medical conditions
- Lack of appropriate emotional support systems or appropriate coping mechanisms
- Severity of the injuries sustained in the accident
- Factors affecting what would otherwise be a full and healthy recovery
- Death of a friend or family member in the same accident
How Can Emotional Trauma Affect Your Case
When it comes to determining what emotional trauma is worth in terms of a lawsuit, there are two main methods that courts use to come up with a dollar amount. The first is to multiply the monetary damages by a number between one and five. One meaning the injuries were fairly mild, and five meaning that the injuries left the victim incapacitated for life. The second method for determining a dollar amount for pain and suffering is to use the ‘per diem’ method where a set monetary amount is assigned to each day from the date of the auto accident through the time the victim is finally recovered.
If you or someone you love is experiencing emotional traumas after being in a car accident for which they were not liable, then the Los Angeles Injury Group is here to help you. Our personal injury attorneys have the qualifications necessary to make sure that you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation that you are entitled to. If you would like a free consultation with one of our esteemed personal injury attorneys regarding your vehicle accident case, then please give us a call at 310-954-7248 and speak with someone in our California office today.