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Are mental health concerns compensable after a car crash?

Getting hurt in a car accident can have a lasting impact on the victim. It's not just physical injuries that have to be a concern; mental health is also important. When an injury takes away a person's ability to function normally, that adds an exceptional amount of stress to the person's life. A person can become depressed or anxious about the injury as well, causing a great deal of emotional distress.

Accidents themselves can cause long-term anxiety, fears and phobias. Take for instance the idea that a person used to love being in a car, but that person then gets involved in a serious collision that causes him or her to break his or her legs. If he or she doesn't want to ride in a car again, it's possible his or her emotional state is causing anxiety about the likelihood of being injured badly again.

It's not unreasonable to have concerns or anxiety, but when anxiety or depression start to take over every day, they have to be treated. Anxiety and depression are both treatable conditions that many victims of car accidents need to deal with, and the person at fault for the accident should have to pay for the mental health services the victim needs.

Mental health concerns don't always take place when injuries do. Sometimes, accidents are not very serious but victims still have anxiety and psychological distress. Why? Regardless of the kind of accident that takes place and the severity of injuries, the trauma and fear of injury go hand-in-hand. The fear of getting injured or killed in an accident can be overwhelming for some patients, which is why these psychological conditions have to be treated.

Source: Web MD, "Impact of Car Accidents Can Be Long-Lasting," Jacqueline Brooks, accessed Jan. 21, 2016

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