Emotional Distress and PTSD

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In Florida, the injuries suffered from a car, truck, or boating accident may include physical and psychological injuries. However, it may be difficult to recover money damages for psychological injuries in Florida because, unlike physical injuries, emotional distress cannot be easily quantified and proven. Still, psychological trauma caused by a car accident or other types of accidents can significantly affect accident victims, their family members, and their loved ones.

Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common psychological disorders to occur after an accident. If you or a loved one is suffering from emotional trauma after an accident, contact an experienced Florida accident lawyer.

What Kinds of Psychological Injuries Can Be Claimed?

Psychological injuries may include emotional distress, including anxiety and depression, as well as bonafide PTSD. As long as you can show that these injuries are directly caused by the accident and the accident can be linked to another person’s negligence or unlawful acts, then these injuries may be claimed in a personal injury lawsuit.

What is Emotional Distress?

Emotional distress is the legal term for the psychological suffering a claimant experiences from a traumatic incident, such as an automobile accident. You can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party if you suffer from emotional distress after an accident.

To file a claim including emotional pain and suffering, you have to be able to show that the defendant was negligent in some way or committed some intentional wrongful act and that these actions led to your emotional distress. Some examples of emotional distress include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of shame or humiliation
  • Insomnia, and, most alarming
  • Suicidal thoughts

Mental distress affects each person differently, so establishing these injuries may be difficult without the help of a Florida accident lawyer.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a very common psychological disorder triggered specifically by traumatic events. For example, work-related accidents, abuse, motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and violent attacks can all lead to PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability 
  • Nightmares of the incident 
  • Physical reactions to memories of the incident 
  • Changes in behavior, and, again most troubling
  • Suicidal thoughts

Again, PTSD is different for each person, so to establish PTSD, you need the help of a Florida accident lawyer.

A Florida Accident Lawyer Can Help You Establish Psychological Injuries

Emotional distress and PTSD are very real injuries but can be challenging to establish. A Florida accident lawyer is experienced with these types of injuries and understands how to maximize recovery for all of your physical and mental injuries.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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