Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney – Helping Our Clients Get Back On Their Feet
Post Accident Depression
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that every 10 seconds in the United States a person suffers an injury directly resulting from a motor vehicle collision. While the majority of these traffic accidents are not fatal, they aftermath may last with the accident victims for a lifetime. Sometimes the most minor auto crashes can cause long-term anxiety, fears, and phobias surrounding getting in a car or driving again. Suffering from post depression after an accident is more common than you would believe.
One-third of all of those involved in nonfatal traffic collisions suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, or persistent anxiety a year following the crash. In fact, even when the physical injuries present in the accident are minor, there is a high likelihood of suffering depression after an accident. Contrary to popular belief that only accident victims who sustain severe injuries suffer depression, research indicates that any and all of those involved in traffic wrecks may sustain emotional or mental harm.
Symptoms of Depression after an Accident
Dealing with the post-accident trauma that comes with any traffic collision can be difficult for anyone involved. Unfortunately, some people are significantly hindered by the aftermath of a crash. For instance, if a driver involved in the crash was suddenly struck from the side while traveling along Long Beach’s traffic circle or any other highway, they may have a newfound terror of driving in the same area of the accident. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can help with getting them to the right physician and helping them seek out counseling, the majority of those experiencing depression after an accident are able to overcome their mental illness.
Being aware of some of the trigger signs that lead to depression is imperative. Many accident victims ignore the signs and symptoms of depression until it has gotten to a breaking point. As such, those who are able to recognize and identify the signs of depression after an accident will be able to seek the proper healthcare in a timely manner. We aid them by maintaining a close watch on both their physical and mental stability. The following are some of the most common signs of depression following an accident:
- Anxious feeling
- Lack of interest in things that were once enjoyed
- Lack of interest in people
- Feeling of fatigue or lack of energy
- Guilty feelings
- Thoughts about suicide or death
- A constant feeling of sadness
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty eating
- Feeling hopeless and/or worthless
- Trouble making decisions
- Issues with concentration and thinking
In general, depression is categorized as major, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia. Regardless of the particular type of depression being suffered, it is imperative to seek counseling to overcome these feelings before they increase and become more debilitating. Our process of representing a client also involves getting them back on their feet. Those who ignore these signs run the risk of allowing depression to become disabling and greatly altering the victim’s quality of life.
Untreated depression almost always escalates. In order to avoid an increase in sad feelings, a qualified therapist must be sought out. This mental health professional will be able to construct a plan to help the accident victim deal with and handle their uneasy feelings regarding the accident. Utilizing a mixture of anxiety management with relaxation and breathing exercises, the patient will soon be able to deal with their negative emotions. If you or a loved one has suffered emotionally following a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
With 20 years of serving the residents of Los Angeles and Orange County we have built a special relationship with the members of the community. We provide more than a legal service but also a supportive network that will allow our clients to recover to the best. We believe that when the negligence of another person causes injury or harm to an innocent individual, this careless party must be held liable for their actions. As such, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to build a case for our clients that award them with the MAXIMUM compensation possible.
If you’ve been injured and need help getting back on your feet please contact us online or at 310-641-3335