You may have been injured playing dodgeball recently and could be considering dodgeball accident counselling to help you deal with significant mental health issues. Of course, the point of dodgeball is to eliminate your opponents by hitting them with the ball, but players tend to wear protective clothing and use a fairly harmless ball. Nonetheless, sometimes a freak accident can happen, or you may have been hit by the ball when the game had stopped. Seeing your doctor afterwards, you may have been advised to seek dodgeball accident counselling.
Why seek counselling?
When you are in an accident, the effect of it on you can be both physical and psychological. You may suffer from headaches or be unable to process your accident mentally, always thinking back to the experience of it. Your mental health may continue to suffer, with anxiety, flashbacks and a feeling of mental paralysis being fairly common.
Mental health issues are sometimes ignored or feared by people. It is common to think that mental health is less important than physical health, with the effects of it not as immediately visible to others. Although much work has been done to demystify mental health, some people may still refuse to talk about it. Admitting to a mental health problem can be seen as an admission of weakness.
The fact is that mental health is just as important as your physical health. If your doctor advises you to seek counselling, it is because he or she genuinely thinks that you can get better by speaking to a professional. Mental health can improve and regain its equilibrium and should not be assumed to be permanently damaged after an accident.
Private or NHS counselling
It is common to be given the contact details of a counsellor by your doctor. Typically, your GP will give you the contact details of a counsellor available to you on the NHS and NHS counselling is, of course, free.
You may, however, consider going private. The benefit of private dodgeball accident counselling is that you often have more choice of where to see a counsellor and when your treatment can start. The level of care is often the same, whether you see a counsellor through the NHS or privately. Many counsellors in fact provide their service through both channels. The issue sometimes with the NHS is that you can go onto a waiting list that means you have to delay starting your treatment. You may quite simply not be prepared or able to wait.
Accident Advice Helpline
To help you meet the costs of private dodgeball accident counselling, you could raise a claim for financial compensation. This is where Accident Advice Helpline could be of some assistance. We do not pay for private treatment, but can help you make a successful accident claim. The money you receive from such compensation can then be used to pay towards your private counselling, or other medical expenses and travel costs.
You can call us on our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123. If we think you have a valid case, we will then match you with one of our no win no fee solicitors.