When Baltimore residents go through traumatic events, the effect on the person can last days or even years beyond the initial incident. Traumatic events impact individuals differently, and can lead to severe anxiety and worse.
This can be especially true for those who sustain serious injuries in a car accident, which is a traumatic event that seemingly happens out of nowhere. The incident can leave individuals fearful of being on the road again, leading to anxiety and other issues that go far beyond the physical injuries suffered in the crash.
Of course, the more traumatic the accident, the more likely this may be the case. For instance, one young woman will have to deal the rest of her life with being a truck accident victim after she was lucky to escape a traumatic multi-vehicle accident. The woman had just entered onto a bridge when her vehicle was struck by a semi-truck, causing her vehicle to plunge off the bridge into the water 40 feet below. Fortunately, the woman was able to get out of the vehicle and swim to safety. However, she was taken to the shock trauma unit at the hospital.
Cases like this demonstrate why it is important that injured parties be able to claim damages for pain and suffering caused by another person's negligence. The pain and suffering may include mental and emotional damage suffered during the incident, including anxiety and stress. The damage award varies depending on the facts of the case, with the more serious the pain and suffering, the higher the potential damage award.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Woman released from hospital after accident that sent car plunging off Bay Bridge," Jean Marbella, July 20, 2013