Dealing with Emotional Trauma After an Auto Accident

Web Admin - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Des Plaines auto accident lawyersCar accidents can cause more than just physical injuries. In fact, many victims experience emotional trauma in the weeks and months following an accident. Sadly, they may also face a difficulty when trying to cope with heightened emotions amidst the physical ailments and financial troubles that may accompany an accident. Learn how you can deal with emotional trauma after an auto accident, and what it could mean for your personal injury case, with help from the following information. You shall also learn where to find assistance with your claim. 

Why Trauma May Occur 

Most people assume that trauma is directly correlated with the severity of a crash or the injuries sustained. However, nothing could be further from reality. In fact, even minor accidents can cause heightened emotions and trauma. This is because trauma is often caused by fear, a lack of control, and a sudden or unexpected negative event. Car accidents contain all three elements. 

Another reason that trauma is common after an accident is the speed at which the events occur. One minute, you can be driving through an intersection, and the next, you are spinning in the middle of traffic because someone ran a red light and hit you. Your brain may not fully process everything at the time, so it may attempt to do so afterward. 

What Trauma Feels Like 

Trauma is different for everyone. However, most people experience similar symptoms. For example, someone experiencing trauma after an accident might experience: 

- Sleeplessness, 
- Night terrors, 
- Excessive irritability, 
- Mood swings, 
- Depression, 
- Panic attacks, 
- Night sweats, 
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating, 
- Inability to drive, 
- Excessive fatigue, 
- Difficulty relaxing, 
- Helplessness, 
- Social withdrawal or self-isolation, 
- Racing heartbeat, 
- Headaches or migraines, 
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, 
- Exaggerated startle response, 
- Forgetfulness, 
- Muscle tension or pain, 
- Crying spells, or 
- Flashbacks. 

Please note that this list is, by no means, comprehensive. If you experience any strange or new symptoms after an accident, speak with your doctor to determine if it could be related. 

How Trauma Could Impact Your Case 

If you are experiencing trauma after an auto accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Unfortunately, proving that the effect was, in fact, caused by the accident can be difficult. As such, victims are encouraged to seek legal assistance from an experienced attorney. 

Known for protecting the interests of our clients, Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC is the firm to call when you need help with your claim. Dedicated and experienced, our Des Plaines car crash lawyers will fight aggressively to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule your personalized consultation to learn more. Call us at 847-934-6000 today.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.



Recent Posts


drug crimes living wills digital assets estate tax underfunded trust Chicago employment lawyer Crystal Lake employment attorney Des Plaines denied insurance claim estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers startup company Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Barrington estate planning attorney pet bites controlled substance real estate lawyer traumatic brain injury Illinois traffic attorneys car accidents special needs trust Chicago employment attorney insurance dispute attorney privacy estate planning lawyer estate attorney Buffalo Grove law firm in terrorem provision slip and fall Inverness personal injury attorney Inverness civil lawyer commercial leasing employee rights Illinois construction accident attorney Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Affordable Care Act Inverness probate lawyer Mount Prospect elder law attorney caretaker rights loss of consortium food poisoning Palatine trusts lawyer Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer GM ignition switches Deer Park real estate law firm medical malpractice claims business litigation tax attorney premises liability Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney life insurance claims spinal cord injuries landlord employment attorney elder law Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Transfer on Death Instrument nursing home negligence Schaumburg insurance lawyers insurance claim Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Des Plaines real estate attorney estate planning living trust personal injury claim motorcycle accident lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney accidental death benefits real estate attorney cell phone accidents insurance agent negligence Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois insurance disputes Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys paid sick leave attorney fees Inverness corporate attorney rumble strips Barrington criminal lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Buffalo Grove injury lawyer employee discrimination senior citizens traffic offenses Deer Park accident attorney Deer Park employment law attorney unpaid assessment car accident lawyers blood alcohol content Illinois trusts attorney Palatine employment attorney financial advisors advance healthcare directive Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney license revocation Illinois LLC creation drug crimes lawyer Illinois medical malpractice case IRELA Barrington employment law firm jet ski healthcare pedestrian accidents real estate leasing bicycle dooring accidents Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Illinois insurance claims lawyers uninsured motorist marijuana Palatine elder law attorney insurance attorney social media after death construction contracts Long Grove estate planning attorney Illinois employment law attorneys traffic deaths Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Palatine personal injury lawyer Chicago estate planning Des Plaines tax law firm Deer Park criminal attorney Schaumburg estate attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney jet ski accidents unfunded trust Arlington Heights real estate lawyer drugs Illinois estate planning attorney Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Illinois Smoke Detector Act probate claims Crystal Lake car accident attorney condo Crystal Lake employment lawyer denied insurance claims DNR Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers caregiver homestead rights Colin Gilbert Chicago traffic lawyer probate lawyer Palatine insurance lawyer liability claims car crashes Des Plaines injury law firm denial of life insurance Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois traffic attorney Illinois injury lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Retaliatory Discharge elder abuse liens civil litigation Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer vacation home Arlington Heights insurance attorney gift taxes cell phone liability car collision Crystal Lake personal injury attorney traffic laws Crystal Lake tax lawyer FSLA real estate zoning Schaumburg personal injury attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Barrington injury attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer pregnant women landlord tenant law digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, golf accidents Illinois medical malpractice lawyers marijuana crimes attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Illinois boating accident lawyer internet construction accidents Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney distracted driving accident victims Class A misdemeanor traffic accidents rollover car crashes Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Illinois registered agent Inverness DUI lawyer Palatine Attorney Policy Cancellation low-ball insurance settlement Illinois corporate lawyer Deer Park DUI lawyer Illinois insurance lawyer Inverness injury lawyer Do Not Resuscitate slip and fall accidents icy parking lots Schaumburg elder law lawyer health insurance dispute Palatine estate planning lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney employment law, Illinois employment laws Schaumburg civil litigation attorney ACA commercial leases medication errors Illinois law personal injury accidents life insurance lawyer Chicago biking tips drunk driving statistics sexual harassment IRS bicycle accidents Illinois personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows Crystal Lake will lawyer Crystal Lake business law attorneys insurance denial appeals mass shooting Inverness estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake law firm unpaid overtime pedestrian accident ken apicella Arlington Heights trucking lawyer deed transfer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Illinois trucking safety pet law employment lawyer revenge porn Schaumburg criminal law attorney insurance disputes probate process Legal Info first degree murder Illinois estate planning law firm agent Deer Park traffic accident attorney DMV employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys independent contractor Chicago will attorney wrongful termination Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Barrington Traffic Lawyer Illinois business lawyer Employment Discrimination Law income distribution deducation Rolling Meadows traffic attorney head on collisions residential real estate real estate contract Illinois criminal defense attorney employment contract Buffalo Grove employment lawyer dynasty trusts Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer BAIID wills and trusts Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Illinois workers compensation attorney Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer pizza emoji Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers operating agreements Rolling Meadows business lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney suspended license Illinois attorney back injuries Inverness traffic law firm Illinois personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove corporate attorney license subcontractor Illinois employment laws Inverness accident lawyer Barrington employment law attorney traffic violations defense DGAA Crystal Lake traffic attorney product liability Arlington Heights TBI attorney estate plan college kids Joliet general practice lawyers Rolling Meadows employment attorney natural gas Illinois estate planning Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer loopholes murder charges corporate law Des Plaines criminal attorney Des Plaines collections attorney civil rights violation Barrington medical malpractice lawyers DUI attorney personal injury claims personal injury law firm Illinois job attorney institutional trustee sole proprietorship comparative negligence Kenilworth estate planning attorneys pain and suffering capital gains tax Home Sale Contingencies Barrington workers compensation attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer car crash Colin H. Gilbert Illinois employment attorneys Illinois medical malpractice claim Illinois employment law Forcible Entry Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Illinois defective products attorney dealing with problem employees probate forming a corporation in Illinois trauma after an accident Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer new real estate form Jay Andrew foreclosure Palatine corporate law attorneys commercial real estate blended families coronavirus digital evidence Illinois home inspection workers comp Attorney Ken Apicella Illinois traffic accident lawyer Fourth of July murder defense fiduciary rule digital information disability benefits Schaumburg Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Palatine real estate lawyer real estate attorneys preventing accidents Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys products liability texting while driving investment property car accident lawyer Illinois personal injury Schaumburg employment attorney Illinois mortgages Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney meal breaks Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Palatine traffic accidents natural gas explosion Whistleblower Claims brain injury Chicago corporate attorney power of attorney for healthcare probate claims process Crystal Lake injury attorney medical research contracts estate planning for college students DUI defense Buffalo Grove probate lawyer texting and driving Illinois car accident attorney Illinois traffic ticket lawyer drug possession Palatine civil attorney Schaumburg construction accident lawyer automated cars criminal defense Long Grove real estate lawyer Palatine employment law lawyer Palatine drug lawyer Liquor Control Act Illinois tax attorney defective products lawyer home inspection lawyer Chicago insurance law firm Barrington employment attorney trench injuries medical marijuana wage theft Illinois wills and trusts attorneys clemency Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Chicago trucking accident attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm medical malpractice Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer real estate Illinois Sales Representative Act pedestrian-automobile accident Schaumburg estate planning attorney Barrington personal injury attorney license suspension Detainer Actions Riverwoods estate planning lawyer overtime violations insurance agents pay when paid contract trucking accident lawyers Palatine probate lawyer hiring employees whistleblower protections no contest clauses Illinois wrongful termination lawyer employment law Illinois employment law firm Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace employees deadly crashes IRA trust transfer estate planning trusts Des Plaines real estate lawyer truck collisions involuntary manslaughter insurance claim dispute attorney TBI Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer work unions wrongful death Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Des Plaines drug lawyer Arlington Heights employment attorney Barrington boating accident attorney Palatine traffic lawyer dram shop law defective products traffic tickets living trust benefits installment contracts rollover accidents Barrington attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Illinois filing a medical malpractice claim creditors Illinois employee rights attorney. life insurance policy Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Schaumburg real estate lawyer reckless homicide personal injury attorney trucking accidents guardianship attorney Illinois lawyer Barrington criminal defense lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Illinois driving without license criminal record Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Illinois elder law attorney estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Illinois will lawyer Illinois bicycle safety Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents rest breaks Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers hands free device trustee Arlington Heights tax lawyer POA distracted driving accidents Palatine law firm Des Plaines claims law firm Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers small business insurance claim denial Des Plaines personal injury attorney DUI insurance claim delay drug crime employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, child safety Illinois Trust Code Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney power of attorney license reinstatement field sobriety test Palatine punch death speeding Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney Des Plaines pet law attorney Inverness real estate attorney sexual images insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys driving Rolling Meadows tax attorney Arlington Heights Attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers modern family estate planning Des Plaines accident attorney healthcare claims breach of contract personal injury lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Schaumburg traffic lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyers construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation workplace sexual harassment insurance claim dispute Arlington Heights traffic attorney fault based insurance rent to own real estate contracts vacation home fines unauthorized overtime boating under the influence Illinois collections attorney Illinois traffic laws Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Inverness real estate lawyer Palatine workers compensation lawyer right to work insurance claim denials Fair Labor Standards Act LLCs Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute foreclosed rental property Crystal Lake accident attorney comp time overtime pay hit and run accident Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer criminal Schaumburg probate attorney Palatine criminal defense lawyer Illinois real estate insurance negligence Barrington personal injury lawyer boating DUI FMLA job lawyers Illinois pet lawyer boating accidents motorcycle accident bike accident DUI penalities real estate closing Barrington estate planning lawyer South Barrington real estate lawyer llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Schaumburg Attorney criminal law personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Inverness elder law lawyer Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Palatine injury attorney PTSD traumatic brain injuries Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer Illinois employment lawyer Super Mario South Barrington real estate attorney BUI condo association Schaumburg corporate attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorney breathalyzer test Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Des Plaines DUI attorney owner responsibility Family Medical Leave Act insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Illinois employment law attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys crossover accidents Illinois small business Long Grove estate planning BAC Chicago attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer mortgage Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Illinois medical malpractice attorney consent to a search digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers swimming pools Chicago estate planning lawyer federal regulations for LLCs workers compensation bad faith insurance claims Illinois real estate lawyer medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Arlington Heights injury attorney Illinois business law atorneys probate fees Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer severance agreements trust payments Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Chicago lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer estate planning attorney insurance denials Palatine corporate attorney Illinois rollover accident lawyers Illinois probate lawyer trusts auto accidents wills Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Rolling Meadows Attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Palatine construction attorney dog bites Illinois insurance attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney IRA benefits Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer minimum wage Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney fatal car accidents Long Grove real estate attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Exclusions federal crimes cell phone tower data Palatine civil litigation lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act CAM eluding a police officer Self-Directed IRA Accounts appealing an insurance claim insurance claims murder Palatine business attorney Barrington litigation attorney Illinois workplace lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act car crash injuries taxes problem employees employee misclassification medical malpractice compensation Deer Park traffic lawyer privacy laws Illinois jet ski accident lawyer personal injury Barrington drug crime attorney Inverness insurance attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney traffic crimes car accident compensatory time underinsured motorist Arlington Heights lawyer pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Landlord Tenant Ordinance School Visitation Rights Act Arlington Heights personal injury attorney life insurance Illinois living will workers compensation benefits Illinois workers compensation lawyer underage DUI spinal cord injury surgical mistakes Crystal Lake employment law attorney Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers drunk driving Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Schaumburg wrongful death attorney traffic violations Illinois red light cameras Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer Illinois wills and trusts irrevocable trust Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys insurance dispute manufacturing Thanksgiving Barrington business law firm civil litigation attorney fiduciary rule delay changes to mortgage law Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Illinois workplace discrimination attorney insurance adjusters ObamaCare holiday statistics Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Illinois pedestrian accident attorney expungement Chicago insurance claim attorneys anesthesia errors Illinois DUI attorney Palatine employment lawyer preventable medical errors Kenilworth estate planning attorney living trust vs will