An accident involving a fire engine is likely to be dramatic and unexpected, and could leave you needing fire engine accident counselling. A fire engine is something we should associate with safety and rescue, yet their approach is often frightening. Their great bulk, moving at high speeds with loud sirens screaming can be terrifying, and this is more likely to be the case if you’ve been involved in an accident with one. If you are a fireman, this traumatic response could affect your ability to do your job and earn a living, or place you in life-threatening danger if your responses are affected in a high-risk situation. Whatever your walk of life, psychological trauma can have a detrimental effect as serious as physical injury, sometimes more so.
The benefits of counselling
Counselling after a fire engine accident is designed to help you come to terms with what happened, and put it behind you so that you can move on with your life. In some cases this may take many sessions and a lot of hard work, but healing the mental trauma is just as important as physical recovery. If you are seeing a doctor for injuries suffered in your accident with a fire engine, they will be able to refer you for counselling. You can ask them for counselling yourself, but equally they may see the need for counselling when you do not. Sometimes the trauma can be buried and can affect your day-to-day life in ways you don’t recognise, although it may be apparent to friends, family and colleagues. Symptoms can include nightmares, panic attacks, depression, mood swings, anxiety, phobias and other emotional disturbances. Counselling can bring the cause of these symptoms to the surface and hopefully alleviate them.
Help with the costs
Your doctor will refer you for NHS counselling, which is free, although there may still be expenses such as travel and loss of income due to time taken off work. If you are prescribed medication, this will generally have to be paid for as well. However, you also need to bear in mind that waiting times for NHS counselling can often be very long, and it is important that you tackle your problems as soon as possible. For this reason you may choose to seek out private counselling, which will be available sooner. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for this.
Accident Advice Helpline cannot help you get counselling, but we may be able to help pay for the cost after the event, as part of a comprehensive compensation package. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 180 4123 to speak to one of our trained advisors about including counselling costs in your accident compensation. Our expert lawyers are well aware of the importance of counselling in making a full recovery from a fire engine accident, and will always factor this in when pursuing the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to. In addition, as they work on a no win no fee* basis, you can be assured that they will always do their best to make sure your claim is successful.