Emotional distress, which is often referred to as mental anguish, may fall under the umbrella of pain and suffering. It goes beyond the physical pain of an accident, like the anguish of a broken leg, and you could be compensated in some cases for the emotional toll of being involved in an traumatic crash you did not cause.
Some examples of mental harm include:
For instance, if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the crash and you can’t sleep, you may deserve compensation.
There are three main things that have to be shown for you to be awarded this compensation, which isn’t given out in every case. These three keys are:
Car accidents certainly can be traumatic, especially if you suffer serious injuries or if a loved one is killed. Most people won’t go through an event that brings them closer to their own mortality. The mental and emotional side of this cannot be ignored. If you’ve been suffering, be sure you know all of the legal options that you have.
Source: FindLaw, “Does Pain and Suffering Include Emotional Distress?,” accessed Dec. 07, 2017