If someone you love has been severely injured or died, it has a significant impact on your life. You may become withdrawn and depressed, suffer psychiatric illness or need counselling or therapy to deal with the situation. But when the cause of the traumatic event was negligence, did you ever consider that you may be able to claim compensation for a traumatic event?
For example, if your husband or wife has been killed in a car crash due to a negligent driver, you could claim compensation for the accident – this takes into account pain and suffering caused, loss of earnings due to your partner’s death etc. But you may also be able to make a claim for your own pain and suffering – a ‘psychiatric injury’ claim.
This will take into account the suffering you have experienced as a result of negligence. Cases like this are often more complex than a typical personal injury claim, as you have not been directly injured as a result of negligence, you are a secondary victim. However in some cases you may be able to claim compensation for a traumatic event.
Choose the right personal injury lawyer
It’s best to choose a personal injury lawyer with plenty of experience in the industry – ideally one who has dealt with claims of this nature before. Claiming compensation for a traumatic event can be more complex, but it doesn’t have to be more stressful, so by choosing a professional, experienced lawyer, you can minimise further stress. Look for a lawyer who offers a 100% no win, no fee service – this means there will be no expensive upfront legal fees to worry about.
How we can help you
Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of customers claim the compensation they deserve, whether they have been in an accident themselves or are claiming compensation for the effect a loved one’s death has had on their lives.
Contact us today and receive confidential, no-obligation advice from one of our professional personal injury lawyers – we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim.
It’s easy to find out more about the claims process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We know that the last thing you need after a traumatic event is more stress, so we aim to make the claims process as simple and easy to understand as possible. Call our freephone helpline today – we’re open 24/7 – to see how we can help you.
Date Published: December 17, 2014