Our Tuscaloosa car accident attorneys have helped countless victims who suffered serious injuries all because another party failed to exercise due care. Physical injuries can take a long time to heal, and they can also leave victims with permanent disabilities. Regardless of the level of physical injury, however, involvement in a car accident can leave deep emotional scars that can have a profound effect on someone’s ability to live a normal life.
Most people who have been in a car while witnessing a vehicle speeding toward them can probably remember the experience with specificity, even if years have passed since the incident. Some people can file the memories away in their minds, but, according to WebMD, car accidents do not have to be fatal or even cause serious physical injury to have profound psychological effects on many accident victims. Some of the common psychological issues can include:
Clearly, the psychological effects of car accidents are very real, but without clear evidence, anyone from insurance companies to juries can view them with suspicion.
To some degree, it is possible to accurately predict the expenses related to psychological treatment or even the inability to go to work, but how can anyone place a value on damaged relationships and other psychological losses? These damages fall under the category of pain and suffering and Alabama law has no set standard for determining its value.
One common method for valuing pain and suffering is to apply a multiplier to the costs of physical injuries, but this method is often insufficient, particularly when accident victims suffer greater psychological injuries than physical ones. This is why it is so important for auto accident lawyers to work closely with their clients to help uncover evidence related the deepest nature of their conditions — and help protect their full rights to compensation.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Mayo Clinic