Proving emotional distress after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Being in a car accident can be a deeply traumatic event. While injuries like bruises and broken bones are apparent, emotional distress is less obvious but can be just as profound and long-lasting.

If you are going through the emotional impact of a car accident, recognizing the signs is the first step toward healing. Proving emotional distress in court, however, can be complicated and requires careful documentation.

Get professional help

It is crucial to see a mental health professional after a traumatic event like a car accident. This not only helps your well-being but also supports your compensation claim. A diagnosis for conditions like anxiety, depression or PTSD can provide compelling evidence in your case. Keep all your treatment records, including therapy session bills, medications and other related expenses. 

Link the distress to the accident

For a successful claim, it is critical to connect your emotional distress directly to the accident. The documentation from your therapist or psychologist will be immensely helpful, particularly if you did not have these emotional problems before the accident. 

Include your physical injury

If you also have physical injuries from the accident, these can further substantiate your claim for emotional distress. Often, the stress of dealing with physical pain can lead to or worsen mental health issues. Detailed records of these physical injuries and their treatments can be key to strengthening your case. 

Acknowledging the significance of your emotional suffering and its validity as part of your overall injury claim is crucial. Dealing with the psychological impacts of a car accident is not only a profound experience but also a legally recognized claim that deserves serious consideration in any injury case.


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