16 Oct The Emotional Toll of a Catastrophic Injury
A catastrophic injury is undoubtedly physically damaging. It may result in a brain or spinal cord injury, loss of a limb, or one’s ability to see or hear. Such significant damage can completely alter the remainder of one’s life. And as such, these are often accompanied by a notable emotional toll. Depression, anxiety, and stress are just some of the many emotional and mental impairments that may follow a catastrophic injury. And so, be sure to address this additional hardship in the midst of seeking legal and medical attention.
Compensation for your emotional toll:
Emotional distress damages aim to provide compensation for the psychological impact of one’s injury on their day-to-day life. And while this type of suffering is highly variable and often subjective, it must be met with fair compensation. This, in terms of money, however, is difficult to determine. And in California, there is a cap on the amount you can receive for your pain and suffering. So, to collect reasonable compensation for your hardships, it is crucial that you preserve evidence and all records of your experiences.
Documenting your emotional distress:
Your emotional distress is unique to your experiences. That’s because your accident is distinguished, and so is your perception and response to it. So, be sure that each of your challenges is validated and met with proper attention.
As you do so, document every part of your journey. Tell your physician about your emotional pain and record their diagnosis and treatment plan. This can serve as a powerful component of your case as you strive for proper compensation.
For your emotional anguish, be sure to visit with a therapist in some capacity. Attending to your mental wellbeing is just as necessary as considering your physical needs. And doing so will significantly contribute to your quality of life and chances of full recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered in a catastrophic accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at The Law Offices of William D Shapiro. We are your trusted, San Bernardino and surrounding area catastrophic injury lawyer. And we are here to serve your needs in this challenging time. Count on our expertise and history of exceptional services for your legal counsel and advocacy in the aftermath of a catastrophic injury.