Victims of catastrophic car accidents are often left with emotional and psychological injuries.
It is extremely important for a victim of a catastrophic car accident to receive immediate medical attention to prevent complications and improve the victim’s chances of survival. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim may have to undergo prolonged and extensive treatment and rehabilitation. While physical injuries are serious and require urgent care, attention should also be given to the victim’s psychological wellbeing. More often than not, victims of serious car accidents are left with emotional and psychological injuries.
Psychological Effects of Car Accident Injuries
- Disabilities and impairments: Some severe physical injuries can result in a range of impairments and disabilities that limit a victim’s ability to work or care for themselves and their family. Even if these impairments are temporary, not being able to earn a living and having to depend on others can leave the victim emotionally distressed.
- Pain: Serious car accident injuries can cause chronic pain. Living with constant pain can have psychological effects on a victim and may lead to depression.
- Scarring and disfigurement: Victims of car accidents are often left with permanent scars and disfigurement even after extensive treatment. Disfigurement can cause anxiety and depression due to a changed physical appearance and can also cause social anxiety and associated fears.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any kind of traumatic event in which a victim sustains serious physical injuries. Car accidents are sudden and violent events that can cause chain reaction collisions, rolling over, being trapped inside the car, or other situations that are extremely traumatic. Studies have shown that nearly 9 percent of motor vehicle accident victims suffer from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include:
- nightmares that disrupt sleep patterns
- flashbacks of the traumatic event
- intense periods of distress following a flashback, nightmare, or memory of the crash
- loss of memory regarding the collision
- severe lack of interest in activities
- facing challenges at work or school
- alienation from friends and family
- self-blame or self-harm
A large number of car accident victims with PTSD also suffer from major depression, mood disorders, and severe phobias. These symptoms adversely affect the victim’s personal and work life. The victim may require significant amount of therapy and medication to recover from the condition.
Recovering Compensation for Emotional Injuries
Treatment for psychological disorders can be extensive and may last a long time. You may need help recovering compensation to cover the costs of treatment and therapy. Call a St. Louis auto accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.