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The 5 Most Important Factors in Proving Emotional Distress

Emotional distress is mental suffering caused by enduring an extreme event. Mental suffering includes any sort of negative thoughts and emotion, from suicidal thoughts to mild anxiety. It can be difficult, however, for a victim to be able to prove that the emotional distress is sufficient for damages to be awarded. There are certain factors a jury will focus on, and they are key to proving emotional distress. How to Prove Emotional Distress Intensity –If you have feelings of intense mental anguish, you are more likely to be awarded than if you only experienced a small amount. Duration – Damages for pain and suffering are awarded based on past, present, and future distress. Just because you were physically uninjured in, say, a crash does not mean that you were completely unharmed. Emotional suffering such as PTSD can last for years after a crash, and the persistence of it can be…
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Car Accidents and PTSD: Do You Recognize These Symptoms?

Car accident survivors can suffer both severe physical and psychological damage. Some survivors may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating mental health condition that has become commonly associated with war veterans. PTSD can develop after being involved in a traumatic event. Car accidents and PTSD may share a link. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims car accidents are responsible for 25 percent of traumatic events reported by males, and 13 percent reported by females. VA estimates also show that 9 percent of car accident survivors will develop PTSD. Research carried out by the VA has shown that some car accident survivors are more likely to develop PTSD than others. For example, accident survivors with preexisting mental health disorders might be at greater risk for developing PTSD. Survivors who lost loved ones during an accident might also be at increased risk for developing the condition. Sufferers of PTSD can…
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