There are a number of different types of accidents that can result in injuries to victims that can leave them with both physical scars. At our personal injury claims law firm in Trenton, New Jersey, our attorneys have successfully represented victims injured in vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and more.
In addition to the physical scars these accidents can leave, many accident victims suffer emotional trauma and scarring from their frightening experiences. This trauma can have long-term or even permanent impact on the victim.
One of the most frequent emotional disorders that accident victims suffer is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The legal team at our Trenton, New Jersey personal injury claims law firm have helped many victims who have suffered from PTSD, as well as other mental health conditions, get the financial compensation they deserve for their emotional injuries.
These mental health injuries can have a devastating impact on the victim’s ability to work and live a normal life. When the accident that caused these injuries is caused by the negligence of another party, the victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against that party. As an attorney from a Trenton, New Jersey personal injury claims law firm can explain, under the law, negligence is legally defined as the failure to exercise the duty of care that a reasonable person would exercise in similar situations.
For example, if a driver is speeding over the posted speed limit and is not able to stop in time for another vehicle who has the right of way, that driver would be considered negligent (and at fault) because he breached the duty of care he had to other drivers to obey the speed limit. Any injuries that the other driver sustains – both physical and emotional – are the result of that breach and therefore, the speeding driver is liable for the injured driver’s losses the injuries caused.
Proving Emotional Trauma
Let’s take a look at our victim in the above car crash. If the victim suffered a broken leg in the accident, an X-ray will be enough evidence to prove that they suffered this injury. But when it comes to emotional injuries, it can be much more difficult and require the legal expertise of a personal injury lawyer Trenton, NJ provides. In order to prove this trauma, there will need to be a diagnosis by a medical professional. Some of the common symptoms of emotional trauma include:
A medical professional may diagnose a victim exhibiting some or all of these symptoms as having PTSD, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or some other type of mental health condition. A victim who suffers from one of these disorders can have their life so devastating impacted that they are unable to even carry out everyday tasks, never mind be able to go to work or other responsibilities they may have.
The financial losses that a victim suffers because of emotional injuries can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been injured in an accident, contact Davis & Brusca, a personal claims law firm Trenton, New Jersey clients recommend.