Getting into a car accident can be one of the most devastating events in a person’s life. A severe car accident that results in serious injuries has an obvious physical impact on a person’s life, but according to WebMD, it can have long-lasting psychological effects as well. It is not only very severe accidents that can result in trauma, either. Long-term anxiety, fears, and phobias about riding in a motor vehicle can result after any accident in which a passenger experienced sudden and severe fear.
Mental Injuries Are Injuries Too
There have been a number of recent studies suggesting that at least 30 percent of all people involved in non-fatal accidents have some sort of mental health condition up to one year after the accident occurred. These conditions include post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), persistent anxiety, depression, or phobias up to one year after the accident occurs. Such psychological conditions can be not only detrimental to your health, but also to your relationships, your professional life, and your long-term mobility as well.
Pain and Suffering
This is why pain and suffering reimbursement exists, and compensation may be available for people who have been the victim of car crashes—even if they were not injured physically. Yet laying the groundwork to ensure that your claim is handled properly must begin immediately following the accident.
The most basic step is to exchange insurance information with the other driver. You should also wait on the scene for a police report. In the days that follow, seek medical attention—even if your symptoms are not immediately evident. The longer you wait to see a doctor after the accident, the more difficult it can be to prove that your injuries were a result of the accident in question.
Be sure to keep a detailed record of all the specialists and doctors that you see, especially those who provide you with any type of information or treatment for your injuries. Such providers could include:
Doctors and surgeons
Physical and occupational therapists
Mental health professionals
Keep your own documentation as to how and why those specialists were important for your recovery. You may also want to keep a journal or daily diary about your ongoing medical care.
Contact an Arlington Heights Personal Injury Lawyer
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