Mental Health Awareness Month: How a Car Accident Personal Injury Can Affect Your Mental Health


Did you know that after a Rhode Island or Massachusetts one category of damages that the insurance companies often do not tell you about is called “mental pain and suffering”? May is known as Mental Health Month, and each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Some mental illnesses could be triggered from a distressing experience, such as a car accident, and can be as traumatic or even more traumatic than physical personal injuries.

After an auto accident, the insurance companies do not tell you about the categories of monetary compensation you could be entitled to – I know the insurance companies tricks and can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.

Psychological Injuries from a Car Accident

One of the most common psychological personal injuries a person can suffer from after a motor vehicle accident is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing or witnessing it. After experiencing something like a car accident or motorcycle accident, symptoms of PTSD could arise, such as:

  1. Intrusive memories: recurrent distressing memories of the event, reliving the event as if it were happening again, upsetting dreams or nightmares about the event, or severe emotional distress
  2. Avoidance: trying to avoid thinking or talking about the event, avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the event
  3. Changes in thinking and mood: negative thoughts about yourself, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, feeling detached from family and friends, or feeling emotionally numb
  4. Changes in physical and emotional reactions: being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard for danger, trouble sleeping or concentrating, or overwhelming guilt or shame.

People who have been in any type of accident might also experience symptoms of an anxiety disorder or depression after the accident.

Proving Mental Suffering during your Personal Injury Claim

In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, there is a law that allows recovery for mental suffering. In the Rhode Island jury instructions, mental suffering includes, “nervousness, anxiety, worry, shock, humiliation, embarrassment or indignity.”

When trying to recover compensation for mental suffering, there must be proof of medically established physical symptomology – meaning that there must be medical documentation of these psychological and emotional personal injuries.

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