One of the issues that many people fail to take into account in personal injury cases is the long term psychological effects that an accident can have on the person affected. While physical injuries can be directly treated, the trauma of being involved in a serious accident is often just as difficult to get past and must be considered when making a judgement revolving around a personal injury claim. All of the following are potentially unseen effects of a personal injury that can nevertheless have a marked effect on the victim’s life.
If a person has been involved in a car accident it is possible that they may experience some degree of trepidation before they head out on the road again. For some, this can develop into a full-blown fear of driving or even being the passenger in a vehicle. Needless to say, this will place great restrictions on the victim, often preventing them from commuting for work or simply enjoying many of the things that people do that require travelling on the roads. This issue can affect those who never suffered from travel anxiety in the past and is often not recognizable to other people at first.
It is difficult to determine what causes depression, as everybody is different and the condition is still the subject of research by many specialists all around the world. However, it is fairly commonly accepted that life trauma plays a role in the development of depression in many cases. An accident that has resulted in a personal injury, particularly one that has a substantial effect on the quality of life of the victim, can be a trigger for depression and may result in the victim suffering from suicidal thoughts and other psychological issues if it is left unchecked. Many will try to cover up the fact that they feel depressed or may feel uncomfortable confronting a mindset that they are unfamiliar with, which means it often goes undetected for quite a while after the accident.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that results in continued mental and emotional distress that occurs as the result of suffering a severe injury or psychological shock. In the case of personal injuries, both of these conditions may be fulfilled, making the victims prone to suffering from this condition. PTSD manifests in a variety of ways. Some sufferers will experience vivid flashbacks of the accident, causing emotional distress while also contributing to both depression and travel anxiety in some cases. Others may find that their responses to the world around them are dulled and that they struggle to maintain a healthy sleep pattern, which can lead to even more stress.
If you have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault and require legal representation that also places a large amount of focus on aftercare, then contact Fadiga & Co today on 020 8672 8779. They will arrange a consultation where you can discuss your case and begin working on your recovery from both the physical and psychological effects of your personal injury.