Personal injury accidents – such as auto accidents, slip and falls, and medical mistakes – often involve bodily injuries, but did you know that they often involve psychological injuries as well?
While accident and injury victims often focus on recovering from their physical injuries, they may also be suffering from various psychological injuries as well. For instance, a person who suffers a serious leg injury in an auto accident may not be able to walk, dance, or drive a car; a construction worker who suffers a back injury as a result of defective equipment might not be able to get out of bed for a significant period of time and will need to rely on others for daily personal care; or a person who suffers physically-altering burns in an apartment fire may experience a diminished quality of life – all of which could lead to psychological injuries.
Mental health injuries run the gamut; they range from mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, and shock, at the mild end of the spectrum, to acute stress disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, at the more severe end of the spectrum. Even those personal injury victims who suffer mild mental and emotional injuries may still experience significant physical manifestations of their mental injuries, such as loss of appetite, weight fluctuations, lack of energy, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. More severe mental injuries tend to have more long-term consequences.
Can I recover financial compensation for mental health injuries?
Personal injury damages may include money damages for medical expenses, lost wages, household services, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Accordingly, a personal injury victim may be entitled to financial compensation for his or her mental and emotional injuries, as well as any physical injuries. Unlike physical injuries, however, mental injuries can be more difficult to prove and to quantify. Many accident and injury victims do not seek medical attention for mild or even severe emotional injuries and, as a result, it may be difficult to provide medical information to support a claim for emotional injuries. Moreover, it can be challenging to diagnosis a mental injury and to determine whether it is attributed to the personal injury accident or some other event.
Accordingly, it is highly recommended that you seek prompt and comprehensive medical attention following any personal injury accident. You should also consider consulting with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The Chicago personal injury lawsuits at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping accident and injury victims obtain maximum recovery for their injuries, including both physical and emotional injuries.
The calculation of pain and suffering, and any permanent disabilities and scarring, is typically left to a judge or jury’s discretion on what is fair and just. Accordingly, it is important to have comprehensive medical information to support your claim and to have a skilled Illinois personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf. The Chicago accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office will help you get the appropriate medical treatment, ensure that you have a complete medical record of all physical and psychological injuries, and fight for your right to for a full and fair financial recovery.
If you have suffered physical or psychological injuries in a personal injury accident, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers.