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While the majority of Virginia personal injury litigation pertains to physical—and often debilitating—injuries caused because of the negligence of other parties, many claims have non-physical injury components as well. And personal injury attorneys can successfully litigate for clients who sustained non-physical injuries exclusively. Psychological injury is the most common non-physical injury recognized under the law, and its effects can be debilitating to vctims.
Psychological injury is a significant component of severe physical injury
There are strong psychological and emotional components to severe injury, particularly when disability occurs. This makes sense—any sudden life change is likely to have a profound effect on both injured individuals and their families.
One of the most common effects of involvement in a severe accident is post-tr aumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which causes many problems, such as the following:
These and other symptoms of psychological or emotional distress can surface immediately after an accident, but they can emerge months—or even years—after the accident. This can potentially create financial complications for victims who failed to pursue compensation for future psychological treatment when litigating their cases.
The stress of a traumatic situation can have a very real psychological effect on individuals
It is important to understand that you do not need to sustain physical injury to be affected by severe emotional or psychological trauma such as PTSD if you have been involved in a serious accident. Consider the following examples:
Injuries like these are often more difficult to prove because they cannot be seen, yet they can dramatically affect the life of victims. Anyone who suffers emotional or psychological injury as the result of the negligence of others has a right to pursue compensation for the full extent of their losses. But these legal cases require an exceptionally skilled personal injury attorney in Harrisonburg or Staunton to develop an effective legal case that is valid under Virginia law.
Contact our experienced Lexington, Harrisonburg, and Staunton personal injury attorneys
Our Harrisonburg personal injury lawyers have extensive experience to provide the full support needed by injury victims. Established in 1845, the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC has a strong history supporting a wide variety of legal issues for individuals and businesses. To discuss your legal concerns, contact us today.