If you were in an accident that was not your fault and your doctor says you need psychiatric support, you have every right to get counselling for a car crash injury. The NHS will do its best to help you but unfortunately its counselling services are thinly stretched and it often has long waiting lists; what is more, it generally can’t provide specialist counsellors. The good news is that if you can find a private counsellor at a reasonable cost and save your receipts, you may be able to claim the money back as part of a compensation settlement.
Finding out more
If you want to know how likely a successful compensation claim is in your specific case, you can call us at Accident Advice Helpline for free advice. We will usually be able to give you a good idea of where you stand; if your case is complicated we can seek further advice for you. We deal with a lot of car crash victims, so you can be confident that we will be sympathetic and will never pressure you.
If you have a legitimate claim we can offer to represent you, but it will be up to you whether you want to go ahead and it is fine for you to take some time to decide.
A legitimate claim
What makes a legitimate claim? To be legally able to proceed, a claim for personal injuries suffered in an accident must be made within three years; however, if you are a child when the accident happens, those three years do not start until your 18th birthday. You will also need to have received medical treatment shortly after your accident so that there is a report to confirm the cause of your injuries. In addition to this, there will need to be proof that your accident was caused by someone else. This might not mean it happened because of somebody else’s actions, as it could also have been caused by inaction; for example, if the authority responsible for maintaining the road surface in good condition failed to do so, or if somebody carelessly left an unlit skip sticking out into the road at night, your claim is likely to be legitimate.
What happens if I decide to claim?
If you decide to make a claim, you will need a solicitor. It is a good idea to have a specialist traffic accident solicitor on your side if you want to get counselling for a car crash injury. At Accident Advice Helpline we have a wide network of such experts and we can usually match them up with clients at short notice; what is more, we can do so on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you will not need to have money up front to make a claim.
Successfully claiming compensation that covers the need for counselling means that you will be able to get all the help you need without having to worry about its impact on your finances. You can set your worries aside and concentrate on getting better.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown