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Report: Car Accidents Often Have Significant Impact on Victims’ Mental Health

Report: Car Accidents Often Have Significant Impact on Victims’ Mental Health

Aug 29, 2023

A car accident is typically a traumatic experience – regardless of the severity. Even minor fender benders can cause significant stress, emotional trauma, and more. A new report from BBN Times, an outlet described on its website as providing “a voice for those who want to know more about the latest trends and support learning for people of all ages,” highlights the emotional and psychological challenges car accident victims commonly endure.

Car Accidents Often Have Significant Impact on Victims’ Mental Health

How Do Car Accidents Affect Injured Victims’ Mental Health?

When you’re injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, filing a civil claim for damages can be a means of recovering financial compensation for things such as hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages, reduced future earning capacity, and more. Those losses are known in personal injury law as special damages, and they encompass economic items within a car accident civil claim. However, car accident victims often sustain additional harm such as pain and suffering, psychological trauma, diminished quality of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc. Such losses – which are classified as non-economic items – are known as special damages in personal injury lawsuits.

While recovering special damages (economic) is often a straightforward process during a car accident case, securing general or non-economic damages for things like emotional trauma or pain and suffering often requires a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.

As the aforementioned BBN Times report notes, injured car accident victims “often experience emotional and psychological challenges following their unfortunate experience.” When such trauma occurs, it’s critical that your car accident attorney aggressively pursues all applicable economic as well as non-economic damages within your claim.

Report: Car Accident Victims Often Ignore Serious Mental Health Effects

The BBN Times report indicates that car accidents of all varieties – from minor rear-end collisions to catastrophic crashes – often “significantly impact mental health, which many people, including victims, might ignore.”

“…you shouldn’t only focus on pursuing a claim and getting compensation for your physical injuries. You should also pursue non-economic damages to help you on the road to recovery,” the BBN Times report added.

As the BBN Times report notes, hiring an experienced, proven, and aggressive Dordulian Law Group personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you recover all of your economic as well as non-economic damages in a maximized damages award which takes into account your mental health and psychological injuries as well as your physical injuries. Securing the legal representation of a Dordulian Law Group car accident attorney who specializes in the “type of motor vehicle accident you were involved in, whether with a car, motorcycle, or truck,” is strongly recommended, per the BBN Times report.

What Types of Mental Health or Non-Economic Damages Can I Recover After a Car Accident?

After a traumatic event like a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney should pursue all applicable non-economic or mental health-related damages, such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological harm
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nightmares/flashbacks related to the car crash
  • Aggression/changes in mood
  • Detachment from loved ones
  • Loss of enjoyment in past activities
  • Social withdrawal and isolation

While all of the above damages should be included in your car accident civil claim when applicable, it’s important to note that securing such financial compensation often requires an attorney with this type of specialized experience. Non-economic or mental health-related damages can be much more difficult to prove, often because there’s no straightforward price point (and such harm is considered to be subjective or difficult to quantify). Moreover, the at-fault party or car accident insurance company will usually dispute non-economic or mental health damages more aggressively than standard economic damages (such as hospital bills, lost wages, etc.).

At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we’ve helped injured car accident victims obtain more than $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts for their injuries. Additionally, our near-perfect 98% winning record means we always fight tirelessly for each and every client.

Tips for Coping With Mental Health Effects After Car Accidents

Tips for Coping With Mental Health Effects After Car Accidents

BBN Times offers tips for car accident victims who are struggling with mental health outcomes:

  • Victims need to acknowledge their situation, or either they or their families need to take action and begin walking on the road to recovery (if mental health issues aren’t addressed, they can worsen in time).
  • For conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, panic disorders, depression, or mood disorders, car accident victims should seek therapeutic interventions (these can include as cognitive-behavioral therapy – CBT).
  • In some instances, car accident victims may require medication to help in managing their symptoms.
  • Support groups are verified options which can help offer a sense of normalcy and improve overall well-being for car accident victims.
  • Furthermore, support networks such as family and friends should be relied upon during traumatic times.
  • Seeking professional help from therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists may be necessary for extreme trauma after a car accident.

Following an unfortunate car accident, your personal injury attorney may also be able to assist in providing various options for mental health support and improving your overall well-being.

Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation Today

When you contact DLG’s experienced and proven car accident and personal injury lawyers for a free consultation, you can be confident that we will work aggressively to help you recover a maximized cash settlement.

Hiring a DLG car accident attorney can be the best decision you make after a motor vehicle collision leading to physical as well as mental health injuries. In fact, research indicates that:

  • When injured car accident victims have private legal representation, their settlements are 40% higher.
  • When compared with those who represent themselves, the average insurance payout for injured car accident victims is 3.5x higher when they hire private attorneys.
  • The car accident victims who are represented by a private attorney receive 85% of the money that all insurance companies pay for bodily injuries.

DLG’s Glendale, California-based car accident and personal injury attorneys are standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you have and help you take the first step towards securing maximum financial compensation – for both economic and non-economic damages – within your car accident claim.

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

Contact us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM to begin the process of securing justice for your car accident case. DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience fighting for injured victims.

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