When it comes to auto accident cases and survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, we often field the same question: “Does compensation really help the victims of traumatic accidents?”
The short answer is yes, it does. While no favorable verdict can take away the trauma survivors endure, it can help them move forward after the accident and seek ongoing treatment.
The injuries sustained as the result of an accident often lead to long recovery times, which means costs from medical expenses, physical rehabilitation, lost wages, and more. However, what many people don’t take into account is how car accident survivors may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which impacts their relationships and their ability to work.
For many of these individuals, the compensation received from a civil lawsuit is all they have to cover the expenses of the accident and additional living expenses.
The Mental Health Benefits of Financial Peace
Compensation allows accident victims to not only recover without having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses, but it also provides peace of mind that they are covered should they be unable to work. Dealing with an injury and PTSD threatens more than just physical well-being. It threatens livelihood, enjoyment of life, personal relationships, and much more.
For instance, say an individual suffers a long-term injury in a car crash. This necessitates hospitalization, ongoing treatment, prescription medication, and rehabilitation. It could also mean changes to the survivor’s lifestyle—the loss of a well-paying career or the need for a wheelchair. It can take away the survivor’s ability to play a sport they once loved, or the ability to run their household.
All of this adds up to huge amounts of stress on a survivor’s marriage or relationship with family members. These costs are difficult to quantify, but they are real—and steep.
All instances above can be helped in part by compensation received through a verdict or settlement. While it can’t fix what happened, it can help protect the survivor’s comfort and sense of stability. It can give the survivor the feeling that justice was served.
Ultimately, stability can give the survivor hope—and that’s what we’re fighting for.