Anxiety and Depression from an Accident?
Mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, are common injuries sustained by accident victims. While psychological injuries may not offer the same outwardly visible symptoms as a broken leg or spinal cord injury, they can be just as devastating to your quality of life. You may feel like a completely different person after a car accident. While the consequences of psychological injuries will vary amongst accident victims, your recovery should focus on a speedy recovery, with both physical and psychological components considered.
If you have been in an accident, it is important to recognize the warning signs of depression and anxiety.
Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety
- Persistent low mood, sadness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Poor concentration
- Low appetite, low energy, fatigue
- Thoughts of death, suicide
Treatment for Psychological Issues – Your Recovery
If you have been injured in an accident, most of your medical treatment will be done through your family doctor. Be sure to tell them ALL of your symptoms, including any mental health concerns. They will be able to refer you to qualified professionals for treatment of your psychological and physical injuries.
You will want to retain all records associated with your treatment, including any costs incurred that are not covered by MSP. As mental health treatment may require ongoing care, be sure to keep your personal injury lawyer up to date on your progress. The more they know about your injuries, the more they can help ensure that you receive the care to which you are entitled.
ICBC Claims for Depression & Anxiety
You can claim damages for psychological injuries that occur as a result of an accident. While it can be challenging to prove that psychological injuries were caused by an accident, the law is catching-up with social expectations surrounding mental health. Claims for depression and anxiety are an increasingly common type of injury that receives compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP can help you obtain fair compensation for your psychological injuries.