The stress associated with being in a car accident or other negligence-related accidents is normally included under the “pain and suffering” part of a personal injury settlement. However, stress can sometimes be a medically documented injury.
Stress Can Have Many Serious Effects
Everyone reacts to stress differently, but its effects on the body are very real. Stress can result in diagnosable conditions such as:
- Panic attacks
- Acid reflux
- Skin rashes
Do not brush off your symptoms after a car accident. If stress is causing physical or mental symptoms that are creating discomfort or interfering with your activities, you should consult with your healthcare provider. If you are diagnosed with a stress-related condition, it should be compensated at the same rate as any other accident-related injury.
If you suffered from a preexisting condition before the accident that has significantly worsened, you are entitled to compensation for the negative change in your condition. For example, if you had migraines triggered by stress that were well-controlled with medication but are now making it impossible to work or enjoy activities with your family for several days per week, your claim should include compensation for the increased severity.
Why You Need an Attorney in Your Corner
Although stress-related medical conditions are very real, many people have a bias about them and often view them as less significant than broken bones or other physically obvious injuries. To protect your right to full compensation, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who can document your damages and explain how your condition is negatively affecting your life.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses and will do everything in their power to cast doubt on the severity of your injuries and shift liability. Without an advocate on your side, you’re putting your future at risk.
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