If you are being transported in an ambulance, chances are you are already injured and vulnerable, and trusting that you are being helped and taken to a place of healing and safety. Therefore, a further accident in an ambulance could be especially traumatic, leading to a need for ambulance accident counselling. You might also need counselling if you were involved in a road accident with an ambulance, or if a member of the public assaulted you while working as part of an ambulance crew. If you are thinking of making a compensation claim regarding your ambulance accident, then the cost of counselling could be factored in when calculating the value of your payout.
How to tell if you need counselling
Psychological trauma can manifest itself in many ways, and not all of them are apparent to the sufferer at the time. Signs of mental damage may not emerge until some time after the accident itself. Symptoms to look out for include nightmares (especially if they relate to the accident), panic attacks or general feelings of anxiety, depression, withdrawal, unexplained feelings of aggressiveness and new or exaggerated phobias. These are not the only signs, and it may be that your friends, family or colleagues may notice symptoms of trauma before you do.
Ultimately, the only person who is qualified to decide whether you need counselling is your doctor. He/she will be able to refer you to counselling treatment with the NHS if he/she feels this is a necessary part of your recovery. They may do this while treating you for the physical injuries sustained in your ambulance accident, so don’t hesitate to go back to your doctor if you start to feel like you may be in need of counselling after your initial treatment has concluded.
Paying for your treatment
NHS counselling is free, but there may be a long waiting time for treatment. It is important to get the counselling you need as soon as possible, so you might choose to pay for private counselling. This could be expensive, but if you are pursuing a compensation claim regarding your accident with Accident Advice Helpline, we will consider these costs when calculating your compensation package.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm, so we cannot offer medical advice or refer you to counselling, and we cannot give you money to pay for counselling upfront. However, in addition to financial compensation for the physical injuries you sustained in your ambulance accident, we will try to recoup the cost of counselling for you, as well as any travel expenses and loss of income sustained. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors about your case. Alternatively, visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and use the 30-second online claim calculator to find out how much you could be entitled to. Our expert lawyers all work on a no-win no-fee basis, so they will do their best to get you the maximum compensation you’re entitled to, while definitely taking the cost of counselling into account.