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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Counselling for a partial hearing loss accident

    ­Now if you wonder, “Can I get counselling for a partial hearing loss accident?” it is essential to know that specific criteria must be met in order to have a valid claim. Including counselling in personal injury compensation claims is one of the most difficult things for a solicitor. This is because most UK judges reject such claims based on the assumption that creating precedents can open the floodgates to unfounded compensation claims for psychiatric injuries.

    Although it might seem unfair, the position of court judges is a necessary precautionary measure in order to prevent people who have not been psychologically affected by certain events from claiming damages for psychological consequences.

    Claiming compensation for counselling

    Generally, the psychiatric effects of an accident extend over a short period, although some people are affected more than others, developing long-term psychological and psychiatric problems that require specialised help. Unfortunately, according to the UK law, a claimant is entitled to compensation for psychiatric and emotional harm only if a recognised psychiatric condition has been diagnosed by a specialist.

    The most common psychiatric illness associated with traumatic events is post-traumatic stress disorder. Typically, this condition is triggered by certain events, such as accidents or attacks, in which victims are exposed to intense fear or horror. Other psychiatric illnesses usually included in compensation claims are anxiety disorders, depression and phobias.

    Sometimes, these psychiatric conditions create additional problems, including the inability to leave home or to work even after the person has been treated. Other times, these conditions can trigger a certain physical response that makes it impossible for doctors to diagnose and treat the underlying illness. Some doctors may even fail to understand the condition of a patient, preventing the patient from claiming compensation for psychiatric illness. For instance, the psychiatric condition known as somatoform disorder is often overlooked, especially because it employs a series of unexplained physical symptoms that cannot be attributable to a mental disorder. In this case, medical and legal experts may believe that the person suffering from this condition is exaggerating or inventing symptoms for the sole purpose of increasing the compensation award.

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    Since diagnosing certain psychiatric illnesses is more difficult than diagnosing physical injuries, solicitors may encounter a series of issues when trying to include counselling for psychiatric and emotional harm in personal injury claims.

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    If you are asking yourself, “can I get counselling for a partial hearing loss accident?” you need to know that psychiatric injury claims belong to a complex area of the law. Thus, it is critical to make sure that you have the right personal injury solicitors on your side before pursuing your claim.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, our professionals are ready to handle your claim on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Furthermore, we have plenty of experience in helping people who have developed psychiatric illnesses as a result of partial hearing loss accidents to claim the compensation they rightfully deserve. Now, we invite you to call our 24-hour free helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your entitlement to compensation for psychiatric and emotional harm relating to your condition.

    Date Published: May 4, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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