How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Impacts a Virginia Car Accident Claim

When these symptoms don’t ever get better on their own, that may indicate you have PTSD from the crash. Receiving an official diagnosis and starting a paper trail on how the disorder affects your daily routine is critical to your recovery. PTSD and its effects are much less visible and obvious than broken bones or other physical injuries sustained in a crash. That hurdle can be overcome with an experienced legal advocate by your side to properly present details about your injury.

Your attorney can utilize evidence such as medical records or testimony from medical professionals to show why your PTSD should be considered in any financial recovery. If it has significantly impacted your life, it should be part of any settlement or judgement awarded to you after a crash.

Emotional and psychiatric issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression are only one factor to consider when pursuing compensation after a car crash, however. There are other economic costs that are simpler to calculate, like your hourly wage if you had to take time off work following the collision. With the help of a qualified car accident lawyer, you may be able to also recover damages covering:

  • Bills for medical expenses stemming from the injury, such as your ER visit, surgery, time spent in the hospital, etc.
  • Estimation of lost earning potential if you are permanently disabled after the crash
  • Income lost during time spent away from work under doctor’s orders
  • Out-of-pocket costs while seeking treatment
  • Property damage
  • Therapy for PTSD
  • Wrongful death if a loved one died in the car accident


Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims
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