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Emotional Effects of Personal Injury Cases

May 31, 2017 | Personal Injury

After you have been hurt in an accident, it is unrealistic for anyone to assume that your injuries were purely physical. There is no way to go through a traumatic event without emotional repercussions. The pain you feel is both physical and psychological. Dealing with the medical decisions, bills, and the inability to work is stressful. Your injuries and the necessary treatments may put you in humiliating situations. Because of all of this, you may experience depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, or more, all of which can affect your ability to heal, get back to work, and live a happy and productive life without treatment.

If you are emotionally suffering following an accident, contact the personal injury lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. as soon as possible. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys can help you obtain compensation for your damages at a location more convenient to you. We understand the emotional effects of personal injury cases and will help you seek appropriate compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries. Call us today at (205) 933-1500.

Recovering Compensation for Emotional Injuries

It is not uncommon for serious accidents to lead to overwhelming negative emotions or diagnosable mental health conditions. That is why Alabama personal injury law enables you to pursue compensation not only based on your physical injuries, but your psychological ones as well. This type of damages is known as pain and suffering, and encompasses your physical pain and mental anguish. Under the law, mental anguish can include, but is not limited to:

  • Fear
  • Shock
  • Apprehension
  • Grief
  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • Embarrassment
  • Humiliation
  • Indignity
  • Stress

Proving Your Emotional Injuries

To recover compensation for emotional injuries, you will need proof of what you have gone through and what you continue to go through because of the other party’s negligence. You will have to talk about the type of emotional injuries you have suffered, the frequency and severity of these injuries, and the impact they have on your everyday life. For example, your anxiety following an accident may give way to panic attacks or a phobia. Your humiliation, worry, and grief may cause a depressive episode.

If your mental anguish has become so severe that it affected your ability to function and perform common everyday activities, then you should seek treatment from a mental health professional. Your diagnoses, medications, and other mental health care are further proof of your emotional injuries.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

After you are hurt in an accident, the best thing you can do is to contact a lawyer experienced in a wide range of personal injury claims. You need someone who understands Alabama law, how to navigate medical records and opinions in relation to your physical injuries, and the profound emotional effects a traumatic event can have on you.

At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., we know that what may look like a minor accident to others can have a long-lasting emotional impact on you. A head-on car accident that resulted in a concussion and a few abrasions could result in a phobia of driving or riding in vehicles, requiring in-depth counseling to overcome.

With more than 65 years of collective experience, our Alabama law firm has seen it all and have always made it our priority to seek the maximum compensation for our clients’ physical and emotional injuries. To learn more about recovering compensation for mental anguish, contact Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at (205) 933-1500.