Emotional and Psychological Damages
Physical injuries are easier to see than psychological or emotional injuries, yet the latter often end up being the most damaging aspect of a car crash, motorcycle crash, slip and fall, or other personal injury incident. Psychological damages range from depression to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and can have a profound impact on the victim’s life, including reduced working capacity and added stress on relationships. If you are the victim of a traffic collision, premises accident, or work related injury, the responsible party must fully compensate your damages, and this includes emotional/psychological injuries.
Examples of Psychological Damages
Victims of bike collisions, car crashes, slip and falls, work injuries, and dog attacks tend to have two things in common: obvious and visual physical injuries, and a hidden psychological harm that is often overlooked. These psychological or emotional injuries can take days, weeks, months, or years to recover from. Often, a full recovery is never made. Examples include:
- Thoughts of suicide, or attempts of suicide;
- Sudden mood changes;
- Sleep issues;
- Memory issues;
- Loss of interest in activities;
- Humiliation; and
Furthermore, people with mental disorders, including depression, bipolar, or anxiety, may have a predisposition for increased emotional damages caused in a personal injury accident. Just like a victim of a car crash who has osteoporosis is at an increased risk of fracturing a bone, individuals with a preexisting mental illness can be at increased risk of psychological harm when they are involved in a traumatic accident. According to Very Well Mind, research has shown that among people with bipolar and PTSD, there is an increased risk of suicide, greater level of depression, increased rapid cycling, and a worse quality of life than those with just bipolar or just PTSD.
Cost of Recovering From Psychological Damages
- Psychotherapy Counseling—Counseling or therapy with a certified psychotherapist costs, on average, $100 to $200 per session, according to Good Therapy.
- PTSD / Trauma Therapy—Trauma therapy is done by a certified psychotherapist with training in trauma or PTSD therapy. Like traditional therapy, it costs between $100 and $200 per hour, on average, and patients typically need four to six months to begin seeing results.
- Psychiatric Treatment—A psychiatrist, unlike a therapist or psychologist, can prescribe medication. An initial visit costs $500 or more, while ongoing care typically costs over $100 an hour, according to Angie’s List.
Damages Caused by Emotional Harm
Emotional damages/emotional distress manifests itself in many ways, including:
- Harmful to relationships;
- Reduced work capacity or career prospects;
- Causes problems at home, and can affect your children’s well being;
- Can have an effect on child custody and parenting plans;
- Reduces quality of life and joy of life;
- Reduces physical health and can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and other illnesses; and
Reach Out to an Orlando Personal Injury Attorney For Help Today
Here at the Payer Law, our Orlando personal injury attorneys can help you secure the compensation you need to pay for professional help with managing any emotional damages you may end up with as a result of your injuries and the traumatic experience you were put through. Furthermore, fair compensation will allow you to provide for yourself and your family if you need to take time off work, need housecare or nannying services, or require other short or long term assistance managing your PTSD, depression, anxiety, or other emotional injuries. Call us today at 407-307-2979 to schedule a free consultation.