If a serious auto accident has caused you to be injured, physical suffering is expected. It takes the body time to heal, and there are no guarantees of a full recovery, as every body is different in how it will react to certain injuries. What people do not expect, however, are the psychological effects that car accidents can have on them. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a relatively common problem among those who survive severe collisions, whether they occur in New Mexico or elsewhere.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, motor vehicle collisions are responsible for injuring nearly three million people in the United States every year. Researchers estimate that 9 percent of those who suffer injuries in auto accidents will develop mental health issues as a result. Are you one of them?
What causes the mental health problems to occur?
Through studying this topic, researchers have identified some variables that they believe contribute to one experiencing mental health issues following a major auto accident. These include:
- Inadequate social support
- Inability to re-engage personally or professionally
- Severity of the injuries suffered
- Speed of recovery
- Physical limitations
It all comes down to one’s ability to handle stressful situations, details of the crash and how much support one has during recovery.
What mental health issues are typically experienced?
PTSD is the big one and for a good reason. A serious car accident is a traumatic event. It is not something that one will easily forget or quickly move past. Other psychological reactions to such an event include:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
Any of these can slow down your physical recovery and prevent you from re-engaging in life experiences that you once enjoyed.
Treating psychological injuries
There are various ways to handle psychological injuries. The most common methods, however, are medication and therapy. Both of these can be expensive and take some time to work.
Can I seek damages for psychological injuries?
It certainly is possible. PTSD and other psychological injuries can significantly impact your life. As such, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses through legal means if another person’s negligence caused your accident. An experienced attorney can assist those injured in car accidents by filing and litigating any claims applicable to their cases in a New Mexico civil court.