Your compensation from a car accident claim can include more than the recovery for your physical injuries. The psychological trauma of an accident can cause mental and emotional damage that is equally compensable.
However, proving your psychological trauma can be more difficult when pursuing a compulsory third party (CTP) claim or other compensation. Mental and emotional injuries don’t appear in the same way a broken bone, cut, scrape, or bruise would. Showing your psychological trauma to receive compensation requires a little more work and special attention to your body’s symptoms.
If you are curious about compensation for psychological trauma, consider these different ways that you can help make your case.
1. Medical Records Showing a Doctor’s Diagnosis
The most concrete way to prove psychological trauma is having a qualified doctor confirm the trauma through an official diagnosis or other clinical notes. Psychological trauma often results in one or more mental health conditions (e.g., PTSD, insomnia, OCD, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, etc.).
You should seek a medical exam from a mental health specialist if you notice changes in your mood, emotional state, thoughts, and other feelings after a car accident. Your doctor’s diagnosis for conditions related to psychological trauma can become evidence that justifies the need for compensation.
2. Evidence of Treatment for Psychological Trauma
Your use of medication to treat symptoms linked to psychological trauma can also be good evidence for claiming compensation. Relevant medication might include the use of anti-depressants, sleeping pills, or other prescriptions.
3. Voluntary and Involuntary Changes to Your Lifestyle
Like physician-prescribed medication, any changes you make to your lifestyle because of the trauma are important. In the case of a car accident, this could be avoiding cars as a form of transportation. Other choices to address your psychological trauma might include abstaining from alcohol, avoiding loud places, changing your work, or other actions to improve your emotional state.
4. Document Symptoms of Your Psychological Trauma
You can also create a record of your emotional and mental trauma by making notes of symptoms in a journal or log. Take note of what the symptom is, when it happens, where it happens, and how often it happens. Being able to recall your symptoms is useful for obtaining a medical diagnosis and showcasing the severity of your psychological trauma. Your symptoms might include:
- Panic attacks
- Changes in eating, sleeping, and exercise habits
- Disinterest in hobbies
- Feelings of anxiety
- Swift changes in mood and behaviour (e.g., outbursts of anger, sadness, etc.)
5. Observations from Friends, Family, Coworkers, and Others
You can also rely on statements from those who can account for changes in your mental and emotional state from before and after the car accident. This includes relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and others who may notice differences in your behaviour.
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State Law Group is a full-service law firm that focuses on helping people in New South Wales and Queensland receive compensation for injuries from car collisions and other accidents. The firm is led by Andrew Le, who has been an accredited specialist in personal injury law since 2016.
You can consult one of our attorneys with offices in Cabramatta, Sydney, Liverpool, and several other convenient locations to discuss a CTP or compensation claim. Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation if English is not your primary language – we have attorneys who are fluent in Arabic, Assyrian, Chaldean, Greek, Hindi, Thai and Vietnamese.
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