Driving a car is one of the riskiest things that people do, as an accident could lead to injuries and an array of other problems. Unfortunately, the risk of getting into an accident is present even when a driver follows all of the road rules and is cautious. The most minor accident could cause the victim distress that lasts for years to come, such as if he or she develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the incident. PTSD can develop even if a collision does not cause physical injuries and can be more life-altering than physical ones. If you have been feeling mentally unwell since getting into a collision that was not your fault, you might have a personal injury lawsuit on your hands.
Your Responsibility to Prove You Are Not at Fault
Even when someone is the victim of an accident, he or she has the legal responsibility to prove so. In order to keep the legal system fair, the defendants in a lawsuit are always given the chance to contest a claim. For example, if the other party decides to place the blame on you in the situation, you must prove that he or she is not telling the truth. Whether your claim is contested or not, hiring a lawyer to build your case and prove that you are suffering from PTSD is important. Lawyers are educated in personal injury cases and know the type of evidence that will make your case strong against the defendant.
How PTSD Has Affected Your Life After the Accident
A thorough explanation of how the accident has affected your life psychologically will be necessary. As a lawyer is working on your case, he or she will ask whether you have been diagnosed with PTSD by a psychiatrist, or if you just assumed that you have PTSD. If you have not been officially diagnosed but believe that you have the disorder from the accident, a lawyer might request that you visit a psychiatrist for an official diagnosis. You will need to provide information regarding the quality of your life before the accident compared to your mental state after the accident.
How Much Money You Deserve to Get Compensated
PTSD is a mental health condition that can cause short-term symptoms or last for a lifetime. Depending on how PTSD has affected your life, you can possibly get a large sum of money to cover the expenses for long-term counseling. Compensation will also address how PTSD affects your ability to work and drive, as well as your pain and suffering that has been experienced in general. A personal injury lawyer will request a fair amount of money based on the overall severity and effects of the accident on your life.