Being involved in a serious car accident is a very traumatic experience to go through. If you have depression after a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to pursue compensation for your suffering. Depression is a very serious problem that requires immediate treatment. It can completely alter the sufferer’s life wherein he or she cannot function normally on neither a social or professional level. Medical experts tell us that major depression or clinical depression as it’s also called can be triggered by a traumatic event such as a car accident.
Symptoms of Depression after Car Accident
Far too many accident victims ignore the symptoms of depression to the point wherein their lives come completely unraveled. The symptoms of depression must be recognized and dealt with early on so that the problem can be treated effectively. Among the many symptoms of depression to be aware of includes:
- A loss of interest in things that were once enjoyable
- Feelings of guilt
- Deep sadness
- Difficulty eating
- Feeling hopeless/worthless
- Inability to concentrate and think clearly
- Irritability or frustration even over small matters
- Reduced sex drive
- Bouts of frequent crying spells
- Frequent suicidal thoughts
Unfortunately, people with depression are often misunderstood. Often times, friends, family and co-workers tell depressed people to “snap out of it” or to forget about feeling sad. When a person is suffering from major depression, he or she cannot simply will themselves well as depression is a very serious illness that must be treated appropriately with medication or a combination of medication and counseling.
Many people with clinical depression must be hospitalized as they are not able to function on their own. And, because many depression sufferers have thoughts of dying or are considering suicide as their only option, hospitalization is necessary to ensure the safety of the patient.
Depression is a medical illness that affects the mind and body and how one feels, thinks and behaves. The San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Hogan Injury understand depression and how it impacts the life of the sufferer and of his or her family. We have helped many automobile accident victims who’ve been diagnosed with depression as a result of them being involved in serious car accidents.
If you are suffering from depression after a car accident, you should not hesitate to seek out immediate medical attention. Once you’ve obtained the medical help you need, contact our Bay Area personal injury law firm for your no-cost legal consultation. We will listen carefully to what has happened to you so we can provide you with advice regarding the legal options you have. If we decide that pursuing compensation is the right route to take and you agree, we will work hard to build a strong case in your favor in our quest to help you obtain the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
There are two main categories of damages in a car accident case: Economic or “special” damages and non-economic or “general” damages. The economic damages include your medical bills, lost income, cost to fix or replace your vehicle and other losses which are easily calculated which stem from the accident and your injuries.
Non-economic damages are a bit more challenging to put a dollar figure on and include the pain and suffering you’ve endured. Pain & suffering includes the physical pain and discomfort you’ve suffered due to your injuries. It also includes emotional stress, anxiety, worry, frustration, depression and other negative effects the accident had on you.
Depression is a very serious medical condition that should never be ignored. The legal team at Hogan Injury knows how difficult it is to deal with depression that literally can take over your life. We understand how depression can affect every aspect of your life and how it impacts the people who love and care about you. Give us a call today so we can talk with you about what you’ve been going through. We are 100% dedicated to helping you get your life back on track following the car accident you were involved in.