Most of us have felt anxious at some point in our lives, whether it was before an exam or important work presentation or when meeting new people. But there is a world of difference between the symptoms of mild anxiety and extreme anxiety, which can cause panic attacks and leave you feeling very unwell and unable to live your life to the full. If you have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder or extreme anxiety after witnessing a traumatic event or being involved in an accident, you might be wondering how to claim extreme anxiety compensation. Most of us think of physical injuries when it comes to accident compensation, but you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered from anxiety that has affected the rest of your life – and Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
What could cause extreme anxiety?
Extreme anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder can be the result of witnessing a traumatic event such as a car crash, or it can occur after being injured or involved in an accident, such as a train or bus crash. You may have suffered physical injuries as well as being affect psychologically, and it is important to seek treatment after the incident, from a medical professional.
It’s estimated that around one in three people who have a traumatic experience will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experts still aren’t clear why some people will develop this extreme panic and anxiety after a traumatic event whilst others make a full recovery. When it comes to accidents, witnessing a serious crash such as a car or train crash could result in the development of PTSD, and you could also suffer from the condition if you yourself are a victim of a crash, leaving you entitled to claim extreme anxiety compensation.
What are the symptoms of extreme anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder should not be underestimated as they can be serious and disabling, affecting every aspect of your life. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of extreme anxiety:
- Panic attacks which can cause palpitations, shortness of breath, tingling in the hands and feet and a dry mouth
- Avoidance of social situations which can develop into agoraphobia
- Loss of appetite
- Low mood/irritability
You may find yourself unable to relax and enjoy life – and in some cases you’ll find it hard to take part in the activity you were involved in at the time of the traumatic event. For example, if you were injured in a road traffic accident or witnessed a serious crash, you may be unable to drive. If you were injured in an accident at work or witnessed somebody else being killed or injured, you might find yourself unable to return to work and do your job, which can impact you and your family financially. Flashbacks and nightmares are common for those suffering from PTSD and mental symptoms can lead to physical symptoms which can be disabling. These symptoms may take months or even years to occur after a traumatic event, in some cases.
How can extreme anxiety impact your life?
People suffering from extreme anxiety may find it hard to do the things that most of us take for granted. Driving, going for a walk, going to work or even going to the supermarket to shop for food may become activities which are difficult for anxiety sufferers. Those affected by PTSD may find it hard to leave the house, eat or sleep without invasive nightmares and flashbacks. Although many of us think of anxiety as something which can be controlled by being ‘calm’, it’s not that easy for anybody suffering from extreme anxiety after a traumatic event.
You may avoid social situations which heighten your anxiety, which could leave you feeling isolated and depressed, and PTSD sufferers may even find themselves struggling to leave the house, which could lead to the development of agoraphobia. It’s estimated that around one in three people who suffer from a panic disorder will develop agoraphobia at some point. If you’re wondering about extreme anxiety compensation, it is possible to make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline, but it’s best to seek advice as soon as you can, as there is a three-year time limit in place for all claims.
Treatment for extreme anxiety
Seeking treatment for your anxiety is a must if you want to get better and return to some kind of normal existence. Treatment for PTSD and extreme anxiety usually involves a combination of medication and therapy, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Medication can be useful to bring severe symptoms under control and allow you to return to work or socialising, whilst therapy can help you to address the root cause of your anxiety and work through your trauma. It’s important to seek medical advice if you are suffering from extreme anxiety, especially if you decide to make a personal injury claim after a traumatic event, as we will need to see evidence of your treatment as part of your claim. Claiming extreme anxiety compensation doesn’t need to be another thing to add to your list of worries either – with Accident Advice Helpline, the process is simple and stress-free.
Should you claim extreme anxiety compensation?
If you have been seriously injured in a traumatic accident and are suffering from extreme anxiety or PTSD, or if you have started suffering from symptoms of anxiety or PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event, you could be entitled to extreme anxiety compensation. There’s no reason not to claim if somebody else caused your accident or the accident that you witnessed. You could receive compensation not only for your physical and mental pain and suffering, but also for the impact your condition has had on your life. So if you have been left unable to work due to your anxiety, you could be entitled to compensation for lost earnings.
If being unable to drive has led to the loss of your job, you could again receive loss of earnings compensation. The best way to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim for extreme anxiety compensation is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659, to speak with our expert personal injury advisors. We don’t charge any upfront fees as our lawyers work on a no win no fee basis and all advice is offered on a no-obligation basis.