There is enough research to indicate that depression and other symptoms of emotional distress continue for months or even years after a car accident. Those long-term consequences can include phobias, irrational fears, and depression. In fact, studies have indicated that at least one -third of all people involved in injurious accidents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, phobias, and anxiety for at least one year after the incident. Post-accident depression can be compensated by the at-fault driver, read on to find out how.
How to Claim Damages for Depression after Car Accident
While it is simpler and more straightforward to prove physical injuries in an accident, a person may find it much more challenging to determine emotional wounds, like depression. That is because that there are no tools that can clearly measure the extent and severity of the symptoms of depression, or even whether they do exist. It doesn't make it easier that many insurance fraud investigators try to disprove claims of emotional distress, alleging that these damages are only included to amplify the value of the claim.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Accident victims frequently suffer emotionally. If you have suffered emotional distress after an accident, note down all your symptoms. Maintain a journal of your feelings and document these symptoms, to help you file a claim.
When you are receiving medical treatment for injuries, inform your doctor about any symptoms of depression so that they are documented.
- Frequent irritability
- Irrational fears
- Loss of appetite
If you are now taking antidepressants or begun counseling to treat depression, record information about the sessions as well. It is challenging to measure depression, and, therefore, it is important for you to maintain documentation related to your emotional injuries.
Get Help Proving Depression after Car Crash
Depression after a car accident is compensable. Speak to a car crash lawyer in Des Moines about filing a claim for compensation for your emotional injuries after an accident. Call 641-792-3595to speak with a Des Moines attorney at Walker Billingsley and Bair, or schedule a consultation by filling out the online contact form.