When someone is involved in an accident, that alone is stressful. However, if someone suffers injuries in an accident, this increases the amount of stress involved in the case. As a catastrophic injury lawyer from our friends at Blitz Law Group, LLP can tell you, physical injuries are the first things addressed in an accident. However, emotional injuries also occur and often take longer to heal and even to detect. It’s important to be aware of the hidden injuries a person may sustain after an accident — all of which could be part of a catastrophic injury case in order to receive compensation to cover the medical costs associated with the injuries. Learn more about these injuries in case you or a loved one is affected by them after an accident.
Depression (Mood Disorders)
One of the most common side effects of being injured in any way is depression. This is due to the restrictions an injury places upon a person. For example, a catastrophic leg injury may lead to an amputation which severely effects the life of the person who suffered in the accident. Another example would be a spinal injury that leaves the person paralyzed. These types of extreme incidents require a lot of work to overcome. With a supportive group around a person, it is possible to go above and beyond in the healing process. However, the first step is almost always depression as a person comes to term with the fact that their life, and the way they live it, is forever altered.
Similar to the stages of grief, a person suffers the same sorts of emotions after an accident. One such emotion is anger. The fact of the matter is that the person who suffered the injury is not mad at you or anyone in their close circle of family and friends. They are angry about the accident, which often leads them to lash out at those around them. This makes for an uncomfortable environment for anyone involved. Long term, this can lead to severe mental health issues and even physical issues as this also takes a toll on your body.
After an accident, a person can suffer from extreme anxiety attacks. These attacks often present themselves as panic where the person feels as though there is a weight on their chest and it is hard to breathe. Their heart rate will be elevated from the stress. Anxiety can cause premature aging and even heart conditions if left untreated. A person may feel anxious about everything after suffering an injury in an accident, but they could also be triggered by certain things. For example, if they were involved in a traumatic car accident, the sounds — and even just the sight — of a car may cause an attack.
Fear, anxiety, stress, anger, and depression after an accident can all lead to insomnia; insomnia is where a person is unable to sleep for an extended period of time. While there are many over the counter treatments for sleeplessness, these often do not help those who are suffering after an accident. This means a person must visit a doctor, which can be costly over time. That is why contacting a lawyer is so important.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Finally, a person may find themselves triggered by small things that cause panic attacks; a person may have intense flashbacks about their accident; a person may suffer from nightmares, and more. It is important to seek medical help if you believe that you, or a loved one, is suffering from PTSD after an accident.
Contact an injury lawyer near you for help immediately in order to get the compensation you deserve to cover all of your injuries — physical and mental.