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How Much Can I Claim for Anxiety After a Car Accident?

After a car accident, your first priority is always getting treated for your physical injuries. However, no matter if your injuries are mild or severe, you may also experience psychological injuries from the accident. You may have anxiety or nervousness when driving, you may be afraid to drive, or you may experience flashback to the accident. You may be entitled to compensation for your emotional trauma after your accident, and the Van Law Firm can help.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety, stress or nervousness are common feelings after a traumatic event such as a car accident. Symptoms can vary from mild discomfort or stress to life-altering panic attacks. Anxiety surrounding driving or riding in a car is the most common form of post-accident anxiety. With this type of anxiety, you may experience mild symptoms such as feeling nervous when you know you have to travel in a car. Other people may suffer from severe symptoms such as full-blown panic attacks and experience trouble breathing, a racing or pounding heartbeat, sweating and shaking.

Anxiety can cause a variety of other symptoms including physical and emotional symptoms. It can also cause changes to your behavior. Other common anxiety symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Feeling worried
  • Unable to relax
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Inability to focus
  • Feeling angry
  • Quick to lose your temper

Any of these symptoms can have a devastating impact on your life, including your physical and mental health. After a car accident, do not hesitate to seek treatment from a medical doctor or mental health professional if you are experiencing anxiety.

Compensation for Anxiety

In addition to compensation for your medical treatment costs, if you suffer from anxiety after your accident, compensation may be available. Specific amounts are difficult to predict and they vary because every accident is unique. Factors such as the severity of the accident, your injuries, and the impact on your life are all taken into account. This compensation is included in your compensation for “general damages” which includes pain and suffering after your accident. Keep in mind that anxiety alone with no physical or diagnosed psychological injuries is unlikely to earn compensation.

Getting the Compensation You Deserve

The best way that you can assure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve for your anxiety caused by your car accident is to seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at the Van Law Firm are experienced in anxiety as well as all of the physical, mental and behavioral issues that can be caused by a traumatic event.

Our attorneys can further advise you about how you can get the most compensation for your anxiety claim. Call (725) 900-9000 today for a FREE consultation and to learn more about what Van Law Firm can do for you.