If you’ve been the victim of an accident or been injured by an intentional act, no one needs to tell you that physical injuries often leave emotional or psychological scars. What we can tell you, however, is that it is often possible to seek compensation for psychological conditions that result from an injury, just as it is for physical conditions that result from an accident.
A psychological response can be defined as any natural response of the body to an external stimulus. Many things can create positive psychological reactions, such as seeing an old friend or spending time doing an activity you enjoy. However, many situations can provoke an unhealthy psychological response, including:
- Traffic accidents, especially if the person experiencing the psychological reaction has been injured in the accident or has witnessed another person being injured or killed.
- Premises liability accidents, in cases where someone has been injured as a result of a slip and fall or a hazard on the property.
- A medical error that has caused a worsening of a pre-existing medical condition or a new injury.
Psychological reactions associated with injuries in the above situations may include:
- Anger, mood swings or irritability.
- obsessive behavior.
- Denial of the painful condition or difficulty managing the emotions it causes.
- Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed.
- emotional numbness
- Increased isolation or withdrawal from others.
- Likely to develop addiction to substances such as alcohol or drugs.
There is no way of knowing who will experience a psychological response to trauma, nor is there an entirely determined reason why some people will respond to trauma in more extreme ways than others. The severity of the psychotic response is believed to often depend on the individual’s biological or past history of psychological distress, other stressors they are experiencing in their lives, and the amount and type of trauma experienced prior to the event. most recent trauma.
Psychological injuries often require treatment in the same way as physical injuries. If you experience any of these symptoms after an injury, it is important to understand that the sooner you seek help, the more likely you are to receive the compensation you need to make a full recovery.