The last thing anyone wants is to be involved in an accident that leaves them injured in any capacity. The toll from injuries sustained from an accident can often be felt both physically and financially. Although, in situations like this, another aspect that is important to keep in mind when it comes to the totality of your injuries is the emotional trauma that it causes. It is very likely that you have experienced some sort of mental distress from the incident whether it was during the accident itself or during the aftermath. If you file a lawsuit for the emotional trauma you endured after sustaining injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about the specifics of your case, contact the personal injury attorneys in Baltimore County at The Law Offices of Markey & Orsi for a free consultation.
How does a lawsuit for emotional trauma after an injury work?
Personal injury lawsuits can be lengthy and complicated, especially when it comes to seeking compensation for emotional trauma. The two types of damages you can sue for are economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are considered to be the easiest type to be properly compensated for since they are far simpler to determine. The reason for this is that when it comes to proving the validity of economic damages you may have suffered, providing concrete documentation of your financial losses like medical expenses and lost wages will usually suffice in court. However, non-economic damages are far less definitive which makes it more difficult to not only prove, but also to properly assess fair and reasonable compensation. Since emotional trauma would fall under this category, seeking reimbursement may be difficult, but not impossible.
For emotional distress to be proven in court, there must be some sort of tangible proof that can be presented as evidence. For example, while providing evidence in cases like this can be very circumstantial, one way to support your claim is by presenting documentation of a medical diagnosis for a psychological condition you may have developed due to your injuries. This can encompass a multitude of other methods that can be used in court such as providing physical proof of treatment you may have received for the condition you developed, or presenting your prescription for any medication you have taken specifically for your diagnosis.
Other factors that can also prove the legitimacy of your lawsuit can include things like the severity of your emotional trauma as well as any potential physical harm that is caused by it. These kinds of cases can be extremely subjective and open to interpretation; if you plan to pursue a claim for emotional trauma after sustaining an injury, it is highly recommended that you have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side throughout the process.