Are you experiencing high levels of anxiety or depression, something you weren’t struggling with prior to the crash? Have you been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another mental illness after engaging in a truck accident? If you answered yes, then you may still be able to file a lawsuit against the trucking company despite the fact that you didn’t suffer any physical injuries.
Truck collisions tend to impact victims both physically and psychologically. While many suffer some rather serious injuries as a result of a collision with a large truck (i.e. spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken limbs, etc.) many are lucky to walk away without suffering any. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering.
The reality is, truck collisions and other types of vehicular accidents “can cause long-term anxiety as well as fears and phobias about driving or riding in a car” [Source: WebMD]. According to Alan Steinberg, Ph.D., “accidents can [also] cause long-term stress that affects your work and relationships and can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.” Obviously, this can have a dramatic effect on your life as these issues have the potential to interfere with your ability to enjoy life the way you once could as well as earn an income.
So, if you are suffering psychologically as a result of a recent truck collision you were involved in and the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence or carelessness, you likely can sue for compensation. Some of the damages that are generally awarded to a victim who suffered psychological injuries in a truck collision include:
- Medical bills. Although you may not have had to undergo surgery or have a doctor treat any lacerations, broken bones, etc., you may have had to visit a therapist to discuss the mental struggles you have been faced with as a result of the wreck. The money you spent on these visits or the bills that have accrued should be paid for by the party who caused the crash, not you.
- Pain and suffering. If the accident has resulted in you suffering in any way, you might be entitled to recover compensation for this. Pain and suffering is a non-economic damage and is often hard to value. Therefore, it is best you have a Houston, TX truck accident attorney help you figure out what your pain and suffering is worth.
- Mental anguish, which is defined as “mental suffering that may include fright, feelings of distress, anxiety, depression, trauma, or grief,” is compensable and something you should try and recover if you are experiencing it.
- Loss of consortium. If your psychological injuries have had a negative impact on your relationship with your spouse (i.e. you are unable to show the affection or your injuries have interfered with your sexual relations), he or she may be eligible to recover compensation for loss of consortium.
If you are ready to recover compensation for the psychological injuries you suffered in a truck accident, its time you contact Blizzard Law, PLLC to speak with a skilled Houston truck crash lawyer. These cases can take time before they settle so the sooner you retain a legal representative, the sooner you are able to collect the compensation you are entitled to.
You can reach Blizzard Law, PLLC at:
5020 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006