Compensation for Emotional Trauma After a Rear End Car Accident?
by Scared in the Lou
(Saint Louis, MO)
I was rear-ended in my car. I was in the left turn lane and a funeral procession was going past. As the procession ended we had a green arrow, the car in front of me made the turn and the light turned yellow as they made it through. I pulled to the crosswalk just as the light turned to red (it is a red light camera intersection, if I would have went I would have gotten a ticket).
I was rear-ended because the car behind me thought I "would go for it". He took full responsibility. I was transported by ambulance to an ER. They were too busy and didn't have a room for me, so I sat in the open waiting room completely exposed.
While I was taped to the backboard a shoot-out between police and another man happened just a few feet from me and I couldn't move. I suffered not only pain from my injuries, but now I am scared every where I go. I am afraid to drive, in fear this will happen again. Can I be compensated for the emotional trauma as well as the car accident injuries? Thanks.
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ANSWER for "Compensation for Emotional Trauma After a Rear End Car Accident?":
Scared in the Lou (St. Louis, MO):
In a word, No. First of all, unless you can accumulate medical evidence showing one or both incidents caused post-traumatic syndrome or another similar serious trauma, you don't have a case.
Even if you did and you wanted to sue the hospital, you would have to prove the hospital was in some manner negligent. To do that you would have to have evidence the hospital's security actions or inactions constituted negligence, and as a result led to the shooting. That will be very, very hard to do.
In the matter of the driver who rear-ended you, the possibility of successfully suing him or her is negligible at best. In hundreds of cases I've reviewed I have yet to come across one in which a rear end collision resulted in a post-traumatic syndrome or similar extended trauma.
Your best bet would be to seek psychological counseling. Doing so may help you get through this difficult time.
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