Can I Claim Anxiety from a Car Accident?

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It is almost always the case that victims of car accidents are left frightened by the event. With this, such fear may manifest in the form of crippling anxiety in the weeks, months, and even years afterward. Continue reading to learn whether you can claim to suffer from anxiety after a car crash and how one of the experienced Howard County car accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you calculate your total damages.

Can I claim to suffer from anxiety after a car accident?

You may be faced with anxiety with any reminder of your car accident. This may translate into a fear of getting behind the wheel to drive or even of being in a car.

This may significantly alter your life. For example, it may hinder your ability to commute to work and maintain gainful employment. Or, it may restrict you from chauffeuring your kids to school, extra-curricular activities, etc. Lastly, it may limit your ability to run errands for your household (i.e., grocery shopping).

Ultimately, this may force you to pay for third-party car services to assist you in getting from place to place, especially if public transportation is not prevalent in your community. This is not to mention the costs of therapy sessions and medications to aid your anxiety.

This is all to say that you may seek to recover financial compensation for the anxiety you were diagnosed with after your car accident. Of course, this is if you can prove how your anxiety has affected your day-to-day life; perhaps with statements by loved ones and your treating mental health physician, along with doctor’s notes, medical bills, etc.

What other economic and non-economic damages can I claim?

Generally speaking, you may claim any relevant economic and non-economic damages that you might have incurred as a direct result of your car crash; so long as they are grounded in fact and backed by supporting evidence. Economic damages are self-explanatory in their calculations, as they are your actual financial damages. Examples are as follows:

  • Current and future medical bills.
  • Car repair bills.
  • Current lost wages.
  • Future diminished earning capacity.

On the other hand, non-economic damages, like your anxiety, might be more tricky to compute, as they are your subjective, non-monetary losses. With this, though, you may use the multiplier method. This is the total amount of your economic damages multiplied by a specific factor (i.e., two to five), depending on the severity of your case. Aside from anxiety, examples of non-economic damages are as follows:

  • Physical disfigurement.
  • Physical pain and suffering.
  • Loss of consortium.
  • Loss of quality of life.

This is all to say that, before you move forward with your claim, you must consult one of the skilled Howard County auto accident attorneys. So please reach out to Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.

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