As tragic as it sounds, a car accident can be a defining moment in an individual's life. A wreck can leave a victim with serious injuries, some of which can be debilitating in nature. Some of these individuals are even left with permanent disfigurement. Additionally, accident victims are oftentimes subjected to financial losses that they didn't expect, including, but not limited to, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. Taken together, these damages can take quite a toll.
As if that isn't enough, those who are injured in a car accident can suffer emotional harm. These emotional damages can be difficult to identify since they're not as readily evident as physical injuries, but that doesn't mean that they can't have a serious impact on an individual's life. In fact, signs of emotional trauma can include difficulty with sleep, weight issues, irritability, embarrassment, long-term fatigue, and social withdrawal. Almost 10 percent of car accident victims wind up being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fortunately, those who choose to pursue a legal claim against a negligent driver who caused them harm may be able to recover compensation for their emotional harm, too. When considering how much money should be paid for these damages, juries will usually look at a number of factors. Amongst these factors are the type and severity of physical injuries suffered, the frequency with which symptoms of emotional distress occur, a medical diagnosis related to the symptoms, and the type and extent of treatment that may be required to address the matter in the future.
Proving emotional distress and its extent can be a challenging thing to do within the confines of a legal claim. However, competent attorneys are usually able to diligently gather evidence that supports this area of claim in hopes of reaching a favorable outcome.