Immediately after and accident people are usually not thinking of the possibility of a mental health injury. They are too concerned about physical injury, damages, etc. However, mental health can decline in various ways after an accident, and can severely affect your standard of living.
Personal Injury Defined
Personal injury claims are based off of negligent acts of individuals that cause harm to the victim(s). This can include, but is not limited to, a vehicle accident, slip and falls, medical malpractice, dog bites, etc. These incidents can cause pain and suffering both physically and mentally.
Mental anguish claims occur when the victim suffered distress, anxiety, or trauma because of an accident. This is a non-economic damage (commonly referred to as pain and suffering damages). The stress you encountered during or after an accident may be compensated within an injury settlement award. It is beneficial to document medical diagnosis for these issues so that the court is aware your suffering is legitimate.
Long-term Mental Disabilities
Depending on your case, you may also qualify for social security disability benefits. If mental injuries are severe enough that it is preventing you from working -and the injury is expected to last 12 continuous months or more- there are various programs that can provide you financial assistance that are intended to replace your lost income.
The following is a sample of mental impairments listed in the SSA’s blue book:
- Autistic Disorders
- Mental Retardation
- Bipolar Disorder
If your mental condition isn’t listed or your symptoms don’t meet the SSA’s criteria, you may still pursue disability benefits. You must be able to prove that your mental condition prevents you from working (i.e. performing substantial gainful activity). You also must prove that your condition is likely to persist for at least 12 months.
Mental Health Injuries are serious. Though they are sometimes difficult to detect, they can lead prevent you from working and even affect you physically.
If you or a loved one has been injured and needs legal help, please contact Rob Levine & Associates. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will review your case to help you understand what your next steps should be. Getting legal help can put your mind at ease and let your focus on getting better.
At Rob Levine & Associates we are experienced in personal injury cases in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. We are also experienced with social security and veteran’s disability cases nationwide. Our team is available 24/7 to help you. Contact us at 800- 742-3920 or visit our website for more information.