Physical Injuries versus Psychological Injuries — What’s the Difference?

a worker who has fallen and requires assistance from a personal injury lawyerPersonal injury attorneys represent victims of several types of physical injury, but our fight for justice does not end there. We also seek to alleviate our clients’ emotional duress by seeking emotional/psychological compensation. While these two types of injuries overlap in many instances, it is important to note their distinctive qualities. If you’re in the El Paso area and you’re in need of a personal injury attorney, the Aranda Law Firm can help. Keep reading to learn the difference between physical injuries and emotional injuries. 

Physical Injuries

How do you know if you have a physical personal injury case? If the negligence of a third party directly led to your injuries, the third party can be held civilly responsibility for your losses. Discerning negligent behavior in a court of law can be tricky. Negligent behavior is generally defined as “behavior that deviates from the standard of care that a reasonable person in the same situation would have exercised”. A personal injury attorney is skilled at organizing the details of a claim and discerning evidence of negligent behavior.

Here are a few types of physical personal injury claims we address at Aranda Law Firm:

  • Car accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Trespassing accidents
  • Medical malpractice

Psychological Injuries

A psychological injury refers to the emotional component of a personal injury. A psychological injury need not be tied to a physical injury for a personal injury claim to be valid.  If a person experiences mental harm as a direct result of another person’s injurious or negligent actions, it may be categorized as personal injury litigation. Neglect is one example of psychological injury. If a person suffers emotional or mental duress due to irresponsible neglect, this could be deemed a psychological injury.

In many personal injury cases, a psychological injury is tied to a physical injury. Someone who is the victim of a personal injury of the physical nature often experiences some level of emotional damage as well. Anger, irritability, guilt, shame, self-blame, sadness, confusion, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety and fatigue are just a few examples of negative emotions that can indicate a psychological personal injury.

A Personal Injury Attorney Defends Those in Need

So, if you have been the victim of a personal injury, you do not have to face the physical and emotional aftermath of injurious actions alone. You should not have to suffer unjustly due to someone else’s negligence. A personal injury attorney seeks recompense for clients who have suffered physically and emotionally as a result of physical injury or negligence. To find a personal injury lawyer in the El Paso area, look no further than the Aranda Law Firm. We are currently taking on new cases, and we are passionate about defending our clients.