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Recovering for Emotional Injuries in Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury accidents often result in more than just physical injuries and property damage; in fact, many times psychological injuries are often involved, as well. For instance, a car accident victim may be suffering from depression because he or she can't walk, or an amputee might experience diminished quality of life and emotional injuries because he or she has lost a limb.

Psychological injuries vary significantly in type and severity, ranging from mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, and shock, at the mild end of the spectrum, to acute stress disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, at the more severe end of the spectrum. Oftentimes physical and emotional injuries go hand in hand, and psychological injuries often lead to a number of other emotional injuries as well, including loss of appetite, weight fluctuations, lack of energy, sleep disturbances, and mood swings.

Regardless of the type or severity of the psychological injury, however, they all impact the accident victim's life such that the victim may be entitled to financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury damages may include financial compensation for:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses

  • Lost wages

  • Household services

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

Although an accident victim is entitled to money damages for psychological injuries, obtaining money damages for those injuries is sometimes rather difficult. Emotional injuries are more difficult to prove and quantify than physical injuries, which makes it more difficult for a judge or jury to attach a dollar amount to them. Moreover, many accident and injury victims do not immediately seek medical attention for emotional injuries, making it difficult to provide adequate medical information to support the claim. It can also be difficult to prove that the psychological injury was caused by the personal injury accident and not by some other event or pre-existing condition.

If you were injured in a car accident or other personal injury accident, it is highly recommended that you obtain comprehensive medical attention, including psychological medical attention, as soon as possible, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Since emotional injuries are difficult to prove it is important to have as much medical documentation as possible.

You should also consult with a skilled Chicago auto accident attorney as soon as possible. There are strict statutes of limitations that govern when a lawsuit may be filed. Accordingly, it is important to take the appropriate legal actions necessary in order to preserve your right to bring a legal claim. The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish focus on representing accident and injury victims. We can help you find the appropriate medical attention, conduct a factual investigation of the accident, file the necessary legal documents, and advocate on your behalf to get you the financial recovery you deserve after a personal injury accident, including compensation for psychological, as well as physical, injuries.

Contact our office at (312) 445-9084 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago injury lawyers.



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