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Dealing with Emotional Distress after a Physical Injury

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on October 24, 2016

Male at a doctor’s appointmentA personal injury often results in severe damages and the need for extensive medical treatment. But the physical ramifications are only one aspect of such an injury. Following an accident or injury, many people suffer from significant emotional trauma as well. Victims may be plagued with concerns about their health, financial worries, and guilt over the impact that an injury can have on loved ones. These are just some factors that can contribute to anxiety and emotional distress.

At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, our experienced attorneys have handled many cases involving personal injury and emotional distress in the Daytona Beach, FL area. We believe that emotional distress can be just as damaging as the physical injuries of an accident, and we fight hard to ensure our clients are justly compensated for the losses associated with these damages.

Signs of Emotional Distress

Often, when someone experiences emotional distress following a personal injury, they keep it to themselves. It is a common misconception that stress and emotional trauma are signs of weakness.

Personal injury victims should understand that this is far from the truth. Emotional distress is a very normal and valid reaction to a serious physical injury. Below are some of the most common signs of emotional distress that personal injury victims may experience:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Fear
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability or changes in attitude
  • Depression or disinterest
  • A constant reliving of the experience that caused the injuries

Documenting Emotional Distress

The court recognizes that emotional distress is a real concern following a personal injury. Personal injury victims can seek compensation for emotional damages, including pain and suffering. To ensure that we are able to build a strong case for our clients, we do recommend that they document their experiences.

Any emotional distress or psychological symptoms should be reported to a doctor. Medical evidence can be a huge advantage when seeking compensation for emotional damages. It can also be beneficial to keep some kind of a daily journal. It is important to take note of your emotional state of mind, any symptoms that you experience, and how the emotional distress has had an impact on your day-to-day life.

In general, to justify compensation for emotional distress, it must be shown that the symptoms are ongoing, that the distress is a direct result of the personal injury, and that it has had an impact on daily living.

Working with an Attorney

The likelihood of emotional distress after a personal injury is high. Still, many insurance companies will look at claims for emotional damages with skepticism. To ensure that your case is taken seriously, and to maximize compensation for emotional distress, it is best to work with an experienced personal injury attorney, such as those at Chanfrau & Chanfrau. Our attorneys have collected significant compensation for clients suffering from emotional distress.

Contact Us

If you are dealing with anxiety, stress, or emotional trauma following a personal injury, you may be due financial compensation for damages. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau.

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