Can I Sue for Emotional Trauma After an Injury?

woman suffering emotional trauma

When you suffer a personal injury of any kind, it can have immediate and chronic effects on your life. For example, if you are in a car accident, it can cause you to experience emotional trauma. If you’ve sustained an injury and subsequent trauma due to the negligence of another party, you’ll want to ensure you take the necessary steps to receive the justice you deserve. Keep reading to learn how Houston Personal injury attorneys can help.

What Constitutes Emotional Trauma?

Emotional trauma is a severe complication that arises as a result of injury. Often, these issues are compounded to worsen a victim’s mental and emotional state. Unfortunately, these issues can have intense and profound effects on a person’s life. Some of the most common forms of trauma include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Shame

Generally, these can result in a significant change in personality or mental state. This can cause a substantial loss of the enjoyment of the victim’s life as these issues can lead to a massive shift in what constitutes a typical day.

How Is It Proved?

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to prove the severity of emotional trauma, as the complications are considered invisible injuries. However, it is possible to establish a blatant deterioration of a victim’s emotional state.

One of the most essential ways to prove you have suffered trauma is by undergoing a mental health evaluation with a licensed counselor. They can create a report to submit to the court and insurance adjusters, if necessary, to prove the impact an injury has had on your emotional state.

Your friends and family may also be interviewed to comment on the change of mental state you’ve experienced after the accident.

You can also submit medical records and journals detailing the extent of your injuries and your personal experiences afterward to help prove how greatly the accident and damages have impacted your life.

Can I Receive Financial Compensation?

It is nearly impossible to put a price tag on someone’s mental health. However, you can receive compensation for non-economic damages caused by your mental trauma.

There is no cap on financial compensation for non-economic damages. This means it’s up to the jury to award an amount based on the impact your emotional injuries have had on your life. They will consider all of the evidence supplied to the court in order to award the victim an amount once it’s determined emotional trauma has occurred.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, ensuring you reach out to an attorney is essential. It can be challenging to navigate these claims without someone well-versed in the legal system. Luckily, The Gonzalez Law Group is ready to represent you to help you receive justice for the injuries you’ve sustained.