When you get into a car accident, you have economic expenses to deal with, like medical bills and lost wages, but those are not the only issues. A crash can also result in psychological trauma. It’s not uncommon for victims to develop issues like anxiety, and such things should not be overlooked when you are seeking out compensation. A New York car accident lawyer from our firm can help you figure out if you are eligible to make an anxiety claim.
Does My Car Insurance Cover Me If I Develop Anxiety?
In New York, accident victims first have to go through their own insurance coverage, if they have it. PIP, or personal injury protection, can help you pay for medical care so that you do not have to delay getting treatment due to financial concerns. Your coverage won’t compensate you for anxiety, trauma, or pain and suffering though. To get compensated for that, you have to sue someone else for non-economic damages.
When Can I Make an Anxiety Claim?
If you believe that another driver could be blamed for the car accident, then you can pursue damages and make an anxiety claim. There are some important requirements though. You must show that you were not at fault for the crash and you must have sustained serious injuries during the crash. Broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, or disfigurement could all qualify.
Because your injuries are serious, it’s possible that your own coverage could not offer you enough to pay your medical bills. When you are suing the other driver, you now have the opportunity to pursue non-economic damages, like compensation for anxiety, as well.
How Long Do I Have to Begin Legal Action?
When you decide to make an anxiety claim, it is in your best interest to act quickly. New York gives you three years to sue over an accident or injuries, including psychological trauma like anxiety. That seems like a long time, but you would be surprised how quickly time can pass as you try to recover and return to your normal life. Act fast and don’t miss your chance to pursue compensation.
Should I Hire an Attorney?
A seasoned personal injury attorney can do a lot to help you with your case. A lawyer from our firm can:
- Gather evidence needed to strengthen your case
- Connect you with mental health professionals who can testify about your condition
- Handle all communications for you
- Negotiate with insurers
- Field settlement offers
- Calculate fair compensation
- Keep you updated on case progress
- Defend you from accusations of negligence or wrongdoing
We are ready to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Contact Our Firm Today
When you are ready to move forward with your case, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We can offer you a free consultation and the chance to learn more about your legal options.