Can I Sue for Emotional Distress in a Truck Accident?
When you think of a truck accident, the first thing you may think of is injuries. But what injuries are usually sustained in a truck accident? You may think of the basics, such as cuts, bruises, spinal cord injuries, broken bones – but did you think of emotional distress?
Yes, every single year thousands of trucking accidents occur and emotional distress results. But what is emotional distress and can you bring a claim on its grounds? Emotional trauma, as many people know, can be just as debilitating as physical injuries, and this is why it is treated so seriously in the court of law. A percentage of those who suffer from these accidents develop post-traumatic stress disorder due to their accident. This happens due to an encounter with death, loss, feelings of helplessness, and so much more. Some will report feeling this way for months, while some will feel this way for the rest of their life in some way.
Will my Psychological Injuries be Handled Seriously?
When the at-fault driver is named, their insurance company only sees things skin-deep. This means that they will take a look at the ways you suffered medically, from the broken bones you sustained to the stitches you needed for cuts. But what about your psychological injuries?
If you are suffering emotionally after a truck accident, the best way for us to help you with your claim is to receive evidence of your emotional distress: Seek professional medical help. This starts in the emergency room or with your family doctor, where you received treatment. Attend necessary counseling and keep a journal on how you are feeling and the impact that the accident has left on your daily life, on both a physical and emotional level.
Unfortunately, emotional pain is not handled as seriously in the court’s eyes, but that doesn’t mean that your case is impossible. We have had great results with trucking accidents involving emotional distress and can help you on your journey. If you have been injured and you are now seeking compensation, give us a call today and we will get started on your case.