The physical injuries sustained after a road traffic collision can be catastrophic, especially in high-speed incidents or crashes that involve larger vehicles. Recovering from head injuries, spinal cord damage and shattered bones can take many, many months. Sometimes, the physical damage is irreparable.
On top of this, there is emotional trauma, which is often overlooked. Psychological disorders after a car crash can be every bit as debilitating as physical injuries.
Falling into a depression
If you’re physically injured and facing the prospect of being immobile for several months, you could become depressed. This is especially the case if your injuries are life-altering. You could struggle to fall asleep at night, cease enjoying your regular routines and ultimately feel like giving up. Getting treatment for depressive disorders is every bit as important as seeking help for physical injuries.
Reliving the incident
Car crashes tend to be loud, jarring and come from nowhere. They are shocking events. The shock of a vehicular collision can live on long after the day of the incident. Victims often report having flashbacks, and an intense fear of driving again. Such symptoms could be a sign of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is a severely debilitating condition. It can change your moods, and personality and can get worse if left untreated.
If you have been caught up in a crash because of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation for both your physical and mental suffering. Make sure you explore all of your legal options in as much detail as possible.