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Seeking damages from accident-related emotional trauma

The scars and damage from your Florida car accident may be much more than skin deep. It is possible that you experienced psychological trauma to the extent that you may have grounds to seek compensation for your emotional pain and suffering. 

A car accident or other type of personal injury incident can be incredibly traumatic, and you may feel that you are never going to get over the accident. In fact, your emotional duress may be so great that it actually has had a physical effect. Whether you are struggling with severe emotional and mental anguish or are dealing with the physical aftermath of a serious accident, you do not have to walk through it alone.

Seeking restitution for the trauma you experienced

Individuals who suffered injury as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person have the right to seek damages from the liable party. This includes physical injuries, financial losses and emotional duress. Generally, emotional trauma falls under the category of pain and suffering. In order to have a valid claim to damages for emotional distress, you must be able to prove that:

  • Your distress is not temporary.
  • The actions of the defendant are the cause of your suffering.
  • You are suffering physically due to your great emotional suffering.

Everyone experiences emotional trauma in different ways. You may find that your accident caused you to experience anguish, torment, humiliation, anxiety, depression and much more. In order to effectively secure damages for emotional suffering through a personal injury claim, you must be able to provide evidence of the duration and intensity of your suffering.

It can be useful for your claim to provide evidence of your suffering by also providing a note from a doctor confirming your psychological state. You may also need to provide proof of the physical effects you are suffering as the result of your emotional duress.

Navigating the personal injury claims process

Walking through the personal injury claims process can be complex. You may not be certain how much your claim could be worth, or you may be unaware of your legal options. No matter the circumstances of your accident and current situation, you have the right to protect your rights and interests.

If you believe that you are experiencing the consequences of severe emotional trauma after a serious accident, you would be wise to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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