If you are struggling with the emotional and psychological impact of a chimney sweeping injury, you should consider whether you need chimney sweeping accident counselling.
Injuries suffered while working as a chimney sweep can be frightening and potentially very serious. A fall from height would cause long term or even permanent physical damage. After such a chimney sweeping accident it would be natural to feel shaken for a while. Sometimes this feeling does not go away. Instead it may become worse.
There are many symptoms that would suggest you need chimney sweeping accident counselling. These can include excessive sweating, breathlessness and an unusually strong or fast heartbeat. You may find yourself struggling to sleep and experiencing nightmares when you do finally drop off. Flashbacks and panic attacks may be making it hard for you to go about your daily life. Some people experience mood swings, grief or a longing for their life before the chimney sweeping accident. If you suffer permanent or life changing injuries you might be struggling to come to terms with how your life has changed, including being unable to work and greater dependence on others.
What to do
Often, after an accident the focus will be on recovering from the physical injuries; however, the emotional injuries can be just as debilitating. If you find yourself suffering from any of the above symptoms you should consult your doctor. They may refer you for chimney sweeping accident counselling.
Counselling is available through the National Health Service, but there are often long waiting lists for treatment. While you wait, your symptoms could worsen. Paying to see a private counsellor will prevent the wait, but it can be expensive. You may need several sessions to work through your trauma.
The law says that if you suffer financially because of an accident that was caused by the negligence of others, you are entitled to compensation. When people think of personal injury claims they often assume that it is just for the physical injuries. This is not the case. If you have a medically recognised need for counselling, the expert solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the costs of counselling as part of your compensation package.
How to claim
If you are already in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for claims relating to your physical injuries, make sure you update your solicitor about your need for counselling. If not, pick up the phone and call one of our sympathetic advisors. We can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0800 180 4123, or 0333 500 0992 from your mobile. If we confirm that you are eligible for compensation our expert lawyers will work on a no win no fee basis to complete your claim.
There is no need to put up with the emotional and psychological effects of your chimney sweeping accident. Contact your doctor today and begin the healing process. If you have to see a private counsellor then do so. The sooner you start, the sooner your recovery will begin.
Date Published: November 12, 2014
Author: David Brown