May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Depression and Anxiety Month
The month of May is both Mental Health Awareness Month and the month in which we raise awareness for Depression and Anxiety, and this is of particular interest to those who have suffered a personal injury as a result of another’s negligence.
The phrase “pain and suffering” is frequently cited during a personal injury lawsuit, but few people understand what it means. From a legal perspective, mental pain and suffering is the aftereffect of bodily injuries and the trauma that result from having been involved harmed by another person’s lack of care. It can include loss of enjoyment of life, anger, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, anxiety or shock. Few people realize how big an impact being a victim can have on an individual’s mental health, but the attorneys at Perkins Law understand, and fight hard on behalf of our clients to get them the compensation that they need to provide for all aspects of their well-being.
When a person has been the victim of negligence, whether a car accident, medical malpractice, a product liability situation, slip and fall accident, or any other type of personal injury, they experience a wide range of emotions. Though the primary concern for physicians providing care is their physical health, it is important to remember that an accident caused by negligence can wreak havoc on a person’s sense of safety and their place in the world. Symptoms of depression or anxiety resulting from the accident can include anger, loss of appetite, lack of energy, or mood swings. They may suffer mental pain long after the physical healing is over, and this condition requires treatment in the same way that broken bones or other physical symptoms do.
When the victim of a personal injury seeks compensation for the damage that they have suffered, those damages include existing economic damages such as lost wages and medical bills that they have already had to pay, as well as expenses that are anticipated for the future. If a personal injury victim is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issues, then it is incumbent upon their attorney to seek compensation for the mental pain and suffering that they are expected to suffer in the future, as well as the costs of treatment for those symptoms.
There are many instances when a person who has suffered a devastating or traumatic personal injury finds they are unable to return to work as a result of the trauma that they have suffered. A capable, compassionate personal injury attorney will cite the loss of wages due to the state of their mental health as an injury for which they need to be compensated. The same is true for lost sleep, anger, frustration, or depression.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of another’s negligence and feel that you are simply no longer the same person that you were beforehand, the attorneys at Perkins Law can help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can get you the compensation you need for the impact of your injury on your mental health.