When you suffer a severe physical injury in a motor vehicle collision, the pain and disability can adversely impact your life for months or even years. Even after your physical injuries have healed, deep psychological scars and emotional trauma can disrupt your daily activities, interfere with your ability to care for your family, and severely compromise your quality of life. The shock and trauma experienced during a motor vehicle accident can cause lasting emotional distress and psychological conditions, including but not limited to the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Many auto accident injury victims devote less attention to their emotional and mental health than their physical well-being following a serious traffic accident. However, the psychological impact of a motor vehicle collision from coping with a serious injury to the trauma of the collision can trigger lasting and debilitating emotional and mental harm. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our experienced Chicago car accident PTSD lawyers seek the fullest compensation for these emotional and mental injuries because we recognize they can be as painful and debilitating as physical injuries. Our compassionate and dedicated attorneys have been representing victims of auto accidents for over 45 years. During this time, we have obtained over forty million dollars for clients who have experienced physical and psychological harm.

Emotional Distress

In the context of a traffic accident legal claim, emotional distress refers to the emotional upset experienced because of a collision or another traumatic event even though the condition is not given an official medical diagnosis. Car accident victims often suffer emotional distress associated with the trauma of the event or the struggle to recover. Symptoms of emotional distress include:

  • Insomnia and nightmares
  • Unjustified anger
  • Anxiety
  • No appetite
  • Depression
  • Generalized fearfulness
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Malaise and lack of interest in usual activities
  • Feeling of humiliation

Although these symptoms might not merit a diagnosis by a mental health professional, they can severely compromise your quality of life and interfere with school, work, and family responsibilities. The fear experienced after a traffic collision can even prevent accident victims from attending health care appointments and therapy sessions necessary to promote their recovery. These disruptions in your life and emotional challenges are compensable injuries, and our Illinois emotional distress car accident lawyers aggressively pursue the fullest compensation for emotional and mental harm.

Psychological Conditions Related to the Trauma of a Car Accident

Many people involved in motor vehicle accidents suffer serious mental health issues that include diagnosable conditions. The most common example is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This psychological disorder results from a person experiencing a traumatic event. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately nine percent of people involved in collisions develop PTSD. In basic terms, the condition involves the development of a pathological anxiety disorder that prevents turning off the body’s fight-or-flight reaction. Four types of symptoms are usually associated with PTSD:

  • Avoidance: Many victims develop anxiety, panic attacks, and social phobias. These symptoms are an extension of the individual’s attempt to stay away from people, places, and objects associated with the traumatic event.
  • Intrusion: The accident victim suffers from frequent flashbacks to the event.
  • Arousal: The individuals suffers from hyper-vigilance, which can interfere with sleep and mental focus while promoting paranoia.
  • Numbing: Emotional distance is kept to ward off feelings of hopelessness and depression.

PTSD often has an insidious nature because the symptoms might be delayed by months or even years and take different forms depending on the accident victim. If you are suffering any anxiety or stress related to a motor vehicle collision, you might want to speak to your physician about a referral to a mental health professional.

Talk to a Cook County Car Accident Emotional Distress Attorney Today

Our experienced Cook County car accident emotional distress attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC understand the debilitating nature of psychological disorders suffered in the wake of a motor vehicle collision. Our law firm offers vast experience and a proven track record of obtaining large verdicts and settlements for our clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.