What is legally understood as psychological injuries?

After suffering an accident or intentional act that results in injury, it is common to hear that injured people may be entitled to seek compensation for their physical injuries or damages. However, not all injuries resulting from an accident are physical; psychological injuries also occur.

A psychological injury is a psychological or psychiatric condition developed due to a traumatic event. It is generally severe enough to affect the ability of the person suffering from it to carry out personal tasks and routine tasks. Typically, the types of traumatic events that lead to psychological injuries are those that occur unexpectedly during a time when the individual is unprepared, leaving them feeling out of control of the situation.

Various psychological conditions can result from experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, including:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a psychological response to trauma characterized by hypervigilance, nightmares, and uncontrollable fear or anxiety. PTSD symptoms usually appear within a month of the traumatic event, but they may not show up for many months or years later.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion): A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury; however, since the brain controls all body functions body and has only a limited ability to heal itself, a TBI is never really a minor injury. Concussions can cause long-term psychological damage, including mood swings, difficulty remembering events, and fatigue.

Chronic pain: Chronic pain is a condition in which an individual feels pain constantly, weeks, months, or even years after an injury occurs. This pain often enters into a cycle with depression where the pain worsens the individual’s level of depression, and the depression causes the individual to focus more on the pain.

If you have suffered a psychological injury in an accident caused by someone else, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation. For this lawsuit to be successful, you must be able to prove liability for the accident that caused the injury and show the court the costs and quality of life impact it has had.