Can a Car Accident Cause Mental Health Problems?

Mental Health Problems

Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

June 27, 2022

If you were hurt in an accident, your initial thoughts, as well as those of your loved ones, were probably  on your physical injuries and recovery. Broken bones, scars, bruises, burns, or organ or tissue damage may be present, necessitating substantial medical care such as surgery, medicine, and physical therapy.

A bodily injury may considerably influence a person’s livelihood, putting them out of work for an extended length of time or forcing them to cease working entirely.

But what about the psychological damage that might follow from an accident? Many individuals overlook the effect that a personal injury victim’s subsequent mental health issues might have.

On the  other hand, these injuries and conditions are as accurate as the physical ailments that many people suffer, and they may have just as big of an influence on a person’s rehabilitation and life after an accident as a bodily injury.

The good news is that as part of their injury claims, sufferers may also seek monetary compensation for mental health care. Speak with an expert personal injury attorney to learn more about pursuing  compensation for your mental health issues.


After being hurt in an accident, it is unusual for a person to experience depression. A lack of interest and pleasure in everyday tasks, a retreat from one’s social life, excessive guilt, feelings of worthlessness  or a dreary outlook, difficulties focusing, and a loss of appetite are symptoms of depression. Depression  may be treated with medicine or therapy, with most physicians treating their patients’ depression with a mix of the two.


Anxiety causes a lack of appetite, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating on work or other critical activities, paranoia, a sensation of alienation, and irritability, among other symptoms. On the anniversaries of horrific accidents, those who have been in them often report feeling anxious.

When a person is experiencing anxiety, whether it’s in brief bursts or as a long-term condition, they may seek therapy from a qualified psychologist. To assist a person overcome anxiety, psychologists may use a range of therapeutic options, such as medication, talk therapy, or cognitive behavioural therapy. A  patient may sue for monetary compensation for the costs of any sort of anxiety therapy.


A multitude of factors may cause stress. It’s natural for someone involved in a car accident to be stressed out about needing to keep up with medical treatments while also thinking about how their diminished income would affect their family.

Even those who have obtained personal injury settlements to support their bills might experience stress as they attempt to juggle all of their responsibilities while recuperating from an accident. Your stress levels are likely to be high if you are still waiting for your claim to be granted or if you are going through  the appeals procedure.

Every aspect of a person’s life is affected by stress. Chronic stress that may follow an accident can  have a negative impact on work connections, family relationships, and even going through the motions  of daily life. Following an accident, people may seek therapy or use practises  such as yoga to reduce stress in their life.


When you’re in a car accident, the last thing on your mind could be the emotional and psychological  consequences. Physical discomfort, stiffness, swelling, and bruising are often difficult to ignore, and  prompt medical assistance is necessary to repair your body.

It’s customary to associate car accidents with simply bodily injuries, but injuries don’t necessarily  have to be physical. The increased risk of psychological trauma, such as post- traumatic stress disorder, is commonly neglected after catastrophic motor car accidents (PTSD). Car accidents, severe ones, may be upsetting enough to trigger PTSD and other mental damage.


It’s impossible to forecast the long-term emotional consequences of surviving a catastrophic collision or  other tragedy. Not everyone will experience severe emotional anguish that necessitates medical intervention.

On the other hand, some car accident survivors may suffer from extreme emotional stress, which may lead to a variety of life-altering symptoms that might be linked to brain damage. Survivors of significant car accidents have described their experiences as:

Depression Anxiety Panic attacks Shock Anger Nervousness

Worry Fear Loneliness

Embarrassment Uneasiness Mood swings

Chronic weariness or exhaustion Loss of appetite

Survivors of car accidents often have nightmares and flashbacks that bring them back to the scene of  the event. These sensations may be devastating, causing the person to become evasive, withdraw socially, and isolate oneself from family, friends, and job.

Because they are afraid of being involved in another accident, they may be unable to drive or even be a passenger in a car as a result of the mental trauma of the accident.

In addition to her terrible face and body injuries, Tara suffered mentally during this horrific period as she  waited for hours by herself for her parents to return from out of town. She relied on her family and the  nurses who cared for her to learn how to walk again and restore the optimistic perspective she was renowned for throughout her several operations and months of therapy.

Though doctors expect Tara to make a complete recovery, they warned her that it might take up to a year and a half before she regains her short-term memory and feels like herself again.

While Tara’s physical injuries were horrific and brutal, the unseen emotional and mental anguish and suffering she endured—and continues to stay—as a consequence of the accident will take years, if not decades, to heal. Such trauma need therapy and care, as well as remuneration.


Our staff got a call from the family of a lady killed in a terrible car accident in another case handled  by Scholle Law. The woman’s adolescent daughter was driving at the time of the accident. According to  the police report, she failed to yield to oncoming traffic at a significant junction, causing a T-bone collision with a commercial van.

All of the early evidence appeared to point to our client’s daughter being at blame for the collision that claimed her mother’s life, causing her great mental agony and suffering due to her guilt.

Despite the odds, our team was adamant on continuing our investigation into the accident by going through every piece of evidence. We established that the commercial van driver was speeding and likely

inattentive while doing so. This additional evidence significantly transformed the responsibility problem,  and we convinced the jury that the commercial driver was substantially to blame for the accident and the loss of our client’s loved one.

This decision, which rewarded the family with a $2 million payout for their loss, offered much-needed  mental comfort to our client and his daughter, who had been carrying a lot of guilt.

These types of cases highlight the necessity of considering emotional and mental distress seriously and  accounting for it when negotiating a complete and fair settlement or damage award.


These emotions may surface right after the injury, or days, weeks, or even months afterwards. It’s easy  to not recognise a traumatic occurrence has emotionally impacted you until after some time has gone, particularly if you’re obsessed with following the treatment plan suggested by healthcare specialists who  are focused on your physical well-being.

If any of these symptoms have started interfering with your regular, daily life after being involved in a  car accident, it may be time to seek professional treatment.

There are numerous effective therapies for stress-related trauma, thankfully. You must talk to your doctor or a mental health expert about your symptoms and treatment options so that you can go back  to your routine.



Maybe you’ve already filed an insurance claim, but you don’t think the offer you received is reasonable.  The insurance company may be ready to cover a portion or all of your medical bills linked to your physical injuries, but what about your psychological trauma and pain and suffering? You’ve reached a  stalemate in the settlement negotiations and don’t know what to do next.

Above all, never accept a low settlement offer just because you want it to be finished or because you don’t know what more you can do to get the insurance to bend.

You do have choices, including filing a car accident case with the assistance of a skilled personal  injury attorney. A lawsuit may be required if the opposing party refuses to bargain or provide a reasonable settlement that includes compensation for your emotional distress.


When a person is injured in an accident, they are entitled to compensation for their losses. This might  include medical treatment, future medical care costs, lost income if the damage stops them from working, and even pain and suffering for emotional anguish caused by the accident.

Car accident victims suffer significant mental and emotional suffering, which should not be overlooked.


After an accident, mental health issues may have just as much influence on your life as physical health issues. Allow no one to persuade you differently; you will not fully heal physically if you are suffering emotionally.

Work with a personal injury attorney who has expertise dealing with clients who are suffering psychologically and physically if you want to seek compensation for your mental health needs as part of a  personal injury claim.

To book a free legal consultation with a member of our team and learn more about  the personal injury claim procedure, call Warrior Car Accident Lawyers now at 719-300-1100. We’re here to assist you in obtaining the funds you need to cover all of your expenses after an accident.

Warrior Personal Injury Lawyers
1902 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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