2Mental health issues
Accidents are traumatic events, often leading to long-term psychological injuries. A study
published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that 33% of car accident victims reported PTSD, general anxiety disorder, phobic travel anxiety, and depression at both 3-month and 1-year follow-up.
- PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder is the most common psychological consequence of car accident. Studies found that 22.5% of car accidents victims suffer from PTSD.
- GAD: General anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about many things in the day to day life. As a psychiatric condition, it requires proper treatment.
- Hodophobia: phobic travel anxiety is an extreme, irrational and uncontrollable fear of travel. It can lead to avoidance behaviors of anything that may remind you of your accident: driving, riding in cars, even being around cars.
- Major depressive disorder: Often tied to the physical injuries and pain sustained during a car crash, depression can take the shape of general tiredness and lack of energy, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, lack of enjoyment and interest, dark thoughts, concentration issues, sleep disorders, eating disorders, etc. It may eventually lead to total withdrawal from society and suicide attempts.
You may be scarred emotionally after an accident. Without classifying as a psychiatric disorders, emotional distress symptoms may deteriorate your life on a daily basis: irritability and sudden anger, mood swings, fearfulness, feelings of humiliation, uncontrollable crying, sleep issues and nightmares, loss of appetite, etc.
Love and intimacy are as precious as they are fragile. The physical or mental damage you suffered in a car accident can be severe to the point of transforming your relationship into obligation and resentment, destroying it in passing. If you require long-term care, your partner may not be able to deal with it. “For better or worse” is truly tested, often to the point of breaking.
This may occur because:
- You’re a different person after your accident: your emotional and mental state may be altered: mood swings, irrational anger, fear, sleep issues that interfere with the lifestyle you used to have.
- Your ability to provide has changed as you’re not able to work anymore.
- Your partner has to turn into a caregiver.
- Your partner cannot see past permanent scarring, amputation or disfigurement.
5Loss of consortium
As the spouse of a loved one injured or killed in an accident, you may file a loss of consortium claim. This means that, as a result of the accident, the person who was injured or killed cannot provide you with the same love, affection, companionship, comfort, society or sexual relations that were provided before.
6Pain & suffering
In a personal injury case, pain and suffering is the legal term for the physical and emotional stress you endured. It englobes all previous damage categories, including the injury itself, but also the aches, pain, temporary and permanent limitations of activity, potential shortening of life, depression, disfigurement, loss of relationship, loss of lifestyle, loss of enjoyment of life, etc.
The dollar value of damages for pain and suffering is subjective but can make a huge difference. The most common way to calculate pain and suffering value is the multiplier method: all actual damages are added up and the result is multiplied by a number, usually in-between 1.5 and 5. This number lies entirely on your attorney’s skills and performances.
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