Car accidents can cause a lot of expensive damage, but they can cause psychic trauma as well. It’s not uncommon for victims to come out of them with mental health issues, including anxiety, but can you sue over something like that? You can and you should file a claim for anxiety, especially if you think that another driver’s negligence or bad behavior led to your accident. A car accident lawyer in Queens can help you fight for compensation and hold any thoughtless drivers accountable.
When Should I File a Claim for Anxiety?
Anxiety can manifest in a few different ways. Some people end up with physical issues and ailments, like hair that falls out. Others suffer mentally and withdraw. If you experience any of the following symptoms after your accident, you may have a valid claim for anxiety:
- Panic attacks
- A need to avoid places or things that remind you of the accident
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Issues sticking to your daily routine
- Feelings of despair
- Relationship difficulties
- Flashbacks to the accident
Do I Have to Go Through My Own Car Insurance First?
In New York, you do have to go through your own insurance first if you get hurt in an accident. However, this coverage has limits, and someone who is seriously injured will want to consider suing a negligent driver if their medical bills keep piling up.
That’s not the only reason to sue though. You can file a claim for anxiety as well. Your compensation should cover economic costs, like medical expenses and lost wages, along with the non-economic costs of an accident, like anxiety or pain and suffering. An accident can be a traumatic experience, and a fair compensation offer will address that.
When Can I Sue Another Driver and Make a Claim for Anxiety?
If you have gone through your own insurance for injury coverage and still have medical bills due to serious injuries, you can sue another driver. Serious injuries can include broken bones, disfigurement, and any injury that could affect you for the rest of your life. This is also when you can sue for damages due to anxiety and other mental health issues. Your own coverage will not reimburse you for that, but you can receive compensation for such issues when you show that another driver acted negligently.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
When you do sue for anxiety after a car accident, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is a good idea. While an attorney from our firm cannot guarantee a certain outcome, you can be confident that we will fight for the best possible outcome. A lawyer can:
- Calculate fair compensation
- Use expert witness testimony and other evidence to make your case
- Defend you from any accusations of fault
- Handle all communications for you
- Talk to insurers and field settlement offers
Talk to a Lawyer Today
If you were involved in an accident, we are ready to help you fight for compensation. Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos and schedule a consultation. We can take a closer look at your case and tell you more about your legal options.