Many violence related injuries lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which defines a severe psychological condition that follows a traumatic event. Although this condition can be treated relatively simply, the cost of PTSD therapy can be quite high. For this reason, many people who have developed PTSD due to an injury caused by a traumatic episode want to know, “Can I get counselling for a violence related injury and can it be included in my compensation claim?”
Can counselling be part of violence injury claims?
It is a well-known fact that the debilitating effect of injuries can cause distress and worry, worsening the psychological condition of a person who has gone through a traumatic experience. Furthermore, the emotional scars resulting from a violent event can sometimes be more hurtful than physical trauma. Considering these aspects, it is little wonder that legislation has been put in place to include counselling in violence injury claims. This means that you have a legal right to claim compensation for counselling relating to an injury caused by an act of violence.
According to UK law, the cost of counselling should be recovered from the person who has injured you. However, the liability of the person responsible for causing your injuries cannot be expended if the psychological therapy resolves the primary injury for which you are claiming compensation. If you still suffer from PTSD after therapy, you are entitled to claim additional compensation for severe chronic PTSD.
How much compensation can you claim?
Typically, the compensation award you can claim for PTSD varies, based on the severity of your condition, though in most cases it amounts to several thousands of pounds. For example, minor symptoms will result in a compensation settlement of between £2,800 and £6,000. For ongoing minor symptoms, you can expect to receive between £6.000 and £17,000. If you have developed chronic PTSD, which is characterised by permanent severe symptoms, you might be entitled to receive between £17,000 and £72,000.
Making a counselling compensation claim
To claim compensation for PTSD, you need to prove that you have developed this disorder as a result of a particular violent event. You must then have your condition diagnosed by an expert in PTSD. To help you with this aspect of the claims procedure our solicitors can arrange for an independent medical consultant to examine you and provide a comprehensive report, which will specify the severity of your condition and associated symptoms. Additionally, the report will include a prognosis, not only detailing how long you can be expected to suffer from the condition, but also on how the PTSD symptoms will affect your life. As soon as you have this medical report, you can file a claim for compensation.
There is no doubt that receiving counselling for a violence related injury is very important. Fortunately, the team of solicitors who work at Accident Advice Helpline are aware of this and are on hand to help you claim the compensation you are entitled to for your injury and its harmful consequences. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can offer you the support you need by understanding your situation and helping to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
To discuss your case with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown