Most car accident victims file personal injury claims so they can recover compensation for their physical injuries. However, car accidents can cause more than just physical injuries. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that car accidents are traumatic events that can often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Can you recover compensation for PTSD after an accident? Here’s what you should know:
Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, you are entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are awarded to victims who have suffered financial losses as a result of their injuries. For example, this type of compensation would cover medical expenses and lost wages related to your injuries.
Non-economic damages, however, compensate victims for non-monetary losses such as emotional pain and suffering. It is possible to recover non-economic damages for PTSD, but this compensation is never guaranteed.
Recovering Compensation For Accident-Related PTSD
There are several elements that need to be proven in order to recover compensation for PTSD after an accident. First, you must prove that you have been diagnosed with PTSD by a qualified mental health professional. You cannot simply claim that you are suffering from this condition—you must provide medical records that show you have been diagnosed with PTSD.
Next, you must establish a link between the accident and the onset of PTSD. You have already proven that you have been diagnosed with PTSD, but now you must focus on proving that your PTSD was not caused by another traumatic event in your life. Your doctor or another expert medical witness can help you prove this point by describing when you first reported the symptoms and why you were traumatized by the accident.
The last step involves proving that PTSD has negatively impacted your life. How severe is your emotional distress? Has your mental health condition affected your personal relationships? How does your PTSD impact your day-to-day life? You will need to answer these questions in order to recover compensation.
You will also need to address your prognosis. For instance, if your doctor expects the PTSD to continue for months or years, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your future pain and suffering.
Are you suffering from PTSD as a result of a traffic accident? If so, it’s in your best interest to contact personal injury attorney Martin Gasparian as soon as possible. Mr. Gasparian understands how PTSD can impact every aspect of your life, which is why he is committed to helping victims fight for the compensation they deserve. Schedule a free consultation regarding your case by calling 559-203-3333 or submitting your information at MaisonLaw.com.