Before going into what evidence is required to prove psychological injury, it is perhaps best to take a look at what it actually is.
What is psychological injury?
Psychological harm or injury is essentially a phrase describing a variety of psychiatric illnesses people may develop as the result of witnessing or being involved in traumatic incidents, like particularly bad accidents at work or road traffic accidents, for example.
Symptoms of psychological injuries can include flashbacks, panic attacks, depression and insomnia.
What is not psychological injury?
Feelings or states of mind that are not recognised as psychological or psychiatric illnesses and subsequently do not warrant or support personal injury claims may consist of:
Undiagnosed fears or worries and other emotions, however heightened they may be, also do not support injury claims.
So what do you need to prove psychological injury?
Psychological personal injury compensation may be claimed for after a work accident, for instance, if the claimant has been proven to be suffering with a recognisable, diagnosed psychological illness.
Examples of psychological illnesses you may suffer include, for instance, although this is
not an exhaustive list:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, typically referred to as PTSD
In order to claim for psychiatric illness or injury after a workplace accident, or indeed any other traumatic event, expert evidence must be provided by medical professionals, like psychologists or psychiatrists, qualified to diagnose and express an opinion on psychiatric or
psychological injury. A general practitioner’s opinion may not be sufficient.
Are you affected by psychological injury?
Psychiatric conditions at work may, for example, be caused by:
- Accidents involving very dangerous machinery
- Falls from height
- Workplace bullying
- Stress caused by undue pressure from employers
- Body image issues or scarring after a work-related accident
Your employer has a duty to protect you against injuries at work. This includes both physical and psychological injuries. If you were injured by or witnessed a distressing workplace accident and subsequently developed a recognised, diagnosed psychological condition, you may qualify for a work injury claim.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, have the experience and skills to get you the industrial injury compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today to discuss your situation and get an in-house solicitor assigned to your case. Our 24/7 helpline is obligation-free and confidential. The freephone number you need to call is 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice