Car accidents could leave victims suffering from severe physical injuries, including brain trauma. Washington accident victims might deal with lingering effects months or years afterward, but not all injuries are physical ones. A person’s mental health may experience troubles upon experiencing car crash-related trauma.
A study of brain trauma and stress
A NIMH-funded AURORA study examined the mental health effects of 3,000 people involved in traumatic events. The 69 people taking part in the study had visited an emergency room after a traffic accident. The study looked at the brain activity of all participants months after their traumatic events, and the study noted that participants reported symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A car accident might leave someone realizing they could have died in the crash, a realization that may result in PTSD. Of course, someone might suffer from psychological troubles after experiencing the stress of a serious injury. Depression might set in after someone discovers the recovery period will harm his or her regular routine.
Actions after a car accident
Persons responsible for car accidents may face civil consequences for their actions. The financial costs of brain injuries could be enormous, so it makes sense victims will seek compensation to pay for medical care, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other losses. A brain injury could change someone’s life, as motor skills and memory might suffer.
Persons dealing with PTSD after an accident might seek damages related to their mental health care. Therapy needed to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic event also comes with costs, and a negligent party might pay.
A civil lawsuit or an insurance claim could address attempts to recover losses. The victim might take action against several parties based on liability determinations.