A thorough medical and psychological evaluation is needed to determine the existence and possible extent of any resulting injuries. This may include x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, among others. ER physicians or a primary care doctor may then decide to refer accident victims to a psychologist for a more detailed evaluation.
Every doctor will want to know the patient’s perception of injuries as indicated by symptoms. Psychological distress from an accident may lead to physical symptoms like dizziness, heart palpitations, chest pain, racing thoughts, and other related conditions. Emotional responses can include anxiety, nervousness, fearfulness, irritation, and anger, among others. Mental anguish can take many forms, so it is important for the victim to be clear and detailed without exaggerating or minimizing the actual symptoms.
Personal injury lawyers can explain the law’s position on compensation for psychological injuries. The often-prevailing condition is whether an injury occurred more likely than not as a result of the accident. For example, if the victim reports frequent headaches following the accident, the negligent driver’s insurance attorney may argue that headaches are common and impossible to link to an accident unless documented by a doctor or diagnostic test. It will be up to the personal injury lawyer to help a victim obtain relevant documentation to support the claim for compensation.
Emotional distress damages.
Sometimes emotional disorders resulting from a personal injury can be hard to describe, document, and prove. A personal injury attorney will advise victims how to explain symptoms that may be subtle at first, including to the victim. Excessive weeping, sadness, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness may be indicators of an underlying emotional disorder. Victims should keep a personal record of moods and behaviors that change from what they were before the accident.
Consult a personal injury lawyer about any accident-related psychological concerns.