Because people tend to overlook damage that is not immediately visible, psychological injuries often go undiagnosed. If you sustain psychological damage as a result of someone else’s carelessness or intentional acts, you know that it is every bit as debilitating as a more apparent physical injury. Unfortunately, you will probably have to work harder to get the compensation you are entitled to by law. A psychological injury attorney can help to ensure you don’t suffer financial losses in addition to your diminished health.
What is a Psychological Injury?
When severe trauma overwhelms your mind beyond its coping capacity, you are likely to sustain psychological damage. Some of the symptoms of this type of injury include:
- Repeated flashbacks
- Panic attacks
- Loss of appetite or bingeing
- Physical and mental exhaustion
- Avoiding others
- Emotional detachment
- Suicidal thoughts
A psychological injury can occur at the same time as a physical injury. For example, you could sustain a broken leg and the loss of your best friend in the same accident. You would not only be dealing with the pain of your broken bone but also extreme emotional distress.