Understanding Car Accident Claims

Did Your Auto Accident Cause Psychological Damage?

by Lois Gibson

Most people assume that the effects on a person after a car accident are mostly physical, but there can be even scarier damage at work underneath the surface. Psychological trauma can come from major events that cause you bodily harm or near bodily harm, so auto accidents naturally can create problems with emotional damage, and these are problems your auto accident attorney should know about. Here are a few questions to help you decide if you have psychological damage after a car accident. 

Are you easily startled?

Being easily started means that you are experiencing tension and anxiety, which could be relative to your auto accident. If you find your mind drifting back to the accident and pulling you out of your normal state of being, there may be a certain level of psychological trauma that is causing the problem. 

Do you have recurring nightmares about the accident?

Recurring nightmares can be associated with PTSD, and PTSD can have detrimental effects on your life. Recurrent nightmares are nightmares that happen so frequently that it causes you to have disrupted sleep patterns. 

Does driving cause you anxiety?

If getting behind the wheel of a car scares you so badly that it makes it unsafe for you to drive, this is a sign that you are suffering from psychological upset due to your car accident. Some people have problems with driving for the long term after a car wreck, because the whole idea of getting in a car brings back major worry of having another accident. 

Are you feeling emotionally withdrawn?

Apathy is almost always associated with psychological trauma. If you feel like you have lost your sense of emotional attachment to the people in your life that mean the most, it could be relative to emotional problems caused by your auto accident. This reaction can be common if you have severe anxiety. On the flip side, some people experience extreme attachment to their loved ones out of fear that something could happen to them. 

Have you lost interest in things you used to love?

Loss of interest in things that used to make you happy, such as spending time with family or doing your favorite hobbies, can be a sign that something has changed you psychologically after your car accident. Some people who suffer major trauma completely lose their zest for life and living due to depression and anxiety or PTSD. Talk to a car accident attorney, like Teresa P Williams, to determine whether you have a case.