Any assault, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it, is a traumatic event that can change the life of a person for good. If you have witnessed a murder, it can be particularly devastating, leading to serious consequences for family of the victim and witnesses to the crime, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. If you have been the victim of a violent episode or have witnessed a violent crime, our solicitors can help you receive compensation for both financial loss and counselling for an assault related injury, be it physical or psychological.
How do you feel?
Although we are not experts in psychology, we are aware that you may experience overpowering feelings of fear, helplessness and regret. Typically, the victims of traumatic events experience feelings that may change from one day to another. This means that you may feel a wide range of emotions over time.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to change the way you feel. However, talking with a specialist about what has happened and how you feel about that traumatic event can be of significant help, which is where counselling comes into play. Although the people closest to you will want to try and help to the best of their abilities, only a professional can actually teach you how to cope with your feelings. Having a specialist who can help you understand why and what has happened is extremely important for your long-term recovery.
Psychological therapy compensation
Since counselling is critical for the victims of traumatic events, UK law allows them to claim compensation for counselling relating to injuries resulting from assaults. Today, you can file a claim for specific psychological therapies, such as PTSD cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).
If you suffer from PTSD as a result of an assault related injury, for instance, PTSD cognitive behavioural therapy can help your psychotherapist identify the subconscious psychological loops that prevent you from understanding what has happened and coping with your current condition. This type of therapy is very important in order to recover psychologically and emotionally after a traumatic event.
How to file your claim for compensation
In order to be entitled to receive compensation for counselling for an assault related injury, a medical expert should diagnose your condition and offer you a comprehensive report, which mentions your psychological symptoms. For your claim to be considered, it is important to find a psychologist specifically trained in CBT or EMDR. Once you have this report, you can include counselling in your compensation claim.
Although you may consider counselling unimportant, we advise you to look for a specialist who has the knowledge to help you recover as quickly as possible. This will not only make you feel better sooner, but also allow you to comply with a requirement in UK law, which requires assault victims to “mitigate losses.” In this case, this means you must attempt to recover as soon as practically possible, so that you can get back to your normal activities, including work.
To find out more about how you can include counselling in your compensation claim, feel free to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown