A road traffic accident or work accident can, depending on the circumstances and the extent of a personal injury, be extremely traumatic.
Psychological damage suffered
The trauma of being injured in a serious motoring accident, for instance, can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Such damage can leave the injured individual unable to function properly and may prevent them from returning to a normal daily life even after their physical injury has healed. Psychological damage suffered subsequently forms part of the general damages considered when determining if and how much compensation is to be awarded in a personal injury claim.
Compensation claims are evaluated taking general and special damages into consideration. General damages are basically concerned with the:
- Accidental injury’s extent
- Suffering and pain resulting from the injury
- Potential of permanent disability
- Emotional or psychological damage suffered as a result of the injury
Special damages are concerned with actual financial losses, and include loss of earnings and any expenses incurred by the claimant as a result of the car accident. This may include travel expenses, costs of repairing a vehicle or making necessary adaptations to the injured individual’s vehicle or home to cater for potential permanent disability, provision of care, and so on.
Symptoms of PTSD may include some or all of the following:
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Inability to sleep
- Difficulties in concentrating
- Feeling detached from people and life situations
- Shaking and sweating
- Feelings of guilt
- Stomach and/or chest pains, often combined with headaches
Alcohol and/or drug dependency may also be both a result and a symptom of PTSD.
Claiming for psychological damage suffered
Unlike physical personal injuries, psychological damage suffered after a car crash, for instance, is not immediately visible. In order to claim compensation for PTSD, claimants must therefore provide complex medical reports confirming that they suffer with this condition.
Suffering psychological damages
If you were involved in an accident on the road and it has been confirmed by a psychologist or psychiatrist that you are suffering from PTSD or other emotional distress (anxiety, depression) as a result, our nationwide legal team here at Accident Advice Helpline is there to help you claim for compensation. Just fill in our compensation calculator or give us a call on 0800 689 0500 (home phones) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile phones) to enlist our help in getting the compensation due to you for your psychological trauma now.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown