News stories about car accident tend to focus on the initial collision and the initial injuries. Recently on I-45 in Texas, an eight-car crash occurred that thankfully only resulted in minor injuries. However, what happens in the months and years that follow the car crash to the people's psyches?
The reason you need to begin the claims process as soon as possible is that you need money to pay to fix your vehicle and pay any medical expenses you end up with. These are easy numbers to come up with because you end up with a bill clearly stating what you owe. There are other expenses you may have that are not so easy to quantify. It is possible to receive compensation for emotional distress following an auto accident. The state of Texas allows for such compensation, and here is what you should know about it.
What qualifies as emotional distress?
There are many ways emotional distress can manifest. Some people will develop PTSD after a car accident and feel incapable of even stepping foot inside a car. Other examples of this include:
- Loss of enjoyment of certain activities
- A decrease in quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Emotional suffering
How do you prove emotional distress?
It is difficult to prove emotional distress in a court of law. A judge will look at how your life has changed in the aftermath of the collision. Perhaps you need assistance taking a bath or have not been able to go biking, which was a hobby you used to enjoy. Perhaps the accident forced you to forego a job opportunity because you could not physically handle the new responsibilities. All of this serves as evidence that can come up in court. A jury would then use a basic multiplier system to come up with an exact monetary amount. Emotional distress can have as big of an impact on a person's life as a physical injury, and you deserve to receive financial compensation as such.