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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

    Grand Prix accident counselling

    If you have been injured as a spectator at a Formula One racing event, you or your doctor may decide that you need to seek Grand Prix accident counselling. The psychological trauma caused by an accident can often be as unpleasant and debilitating as the actual physical injury, and it’s wrong to dismiss mental pain as incidental just because it affects the mind rather than the body. Long-term psychological damage can lead to loss of income due to time taken off work, breakdown of personal relationships, depression, feelings of aggression, panic attacks, substance abuse or worse. This is why if your doctor recommends counselling in the wake of a Grand Prix accident, you should certainly act on their advice as soon as possible.

    Why you may need counselling

    If you are injured at a large public event such as Grand Prix racing, it can actually be more traumatic than some other kinds of accidents. For instance, if you are injured in a crushing accident, you may have witnessed other people in the crowd being crushed too, which could cause recurring nightmares. You may also be left with a phobia of crowds, or public spaces where there is a lot of noise and activity. Perhaps you were the victim of a sudden and unprovoked violent attack. Whatever your injury, you will probably be left with many negative associations concerning what should have been an enjoyable and fun day out – affecting your ability to enjoy such events in the future.

    Counselling and compensation

    The only person who can decide whether you need counselling is your doctor. They can professionally assess your condition, and if necessary refer you for NHS counselling. It goes without saying that you should always follow your doctor’s advice, but unfortunately there is often a long waiting time for NHS treatment. Under these circumstances, it would be understandable if you decided to pay for private counselling, which is almost always available a lot sooner. The cost of private counselling can be taken into consideration when calculating the value of any compensation claim relating to your Grand Prix accident. Associated costs, such as travel to counselling and loss of income due to time taken off work can also be considered providing you retain evidence.

    How we can help

    If you choose to pursue your compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline, we will consider all these factors. While Accident Advice Helpline cannot refer you to counselling or find you a counselling service, or offer to pay your costs directly, we may be able to help you recoup those costs as part of a full compensation package. Call our free 24-hour free helpline to speak to one of our friendly professional advisors, and find out how much you may be entitled to. Our expert lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, and realise that while professional counselling comes with a cost, it is an essential part of your recovery – and your claim will reflect this.

    Date Published: November 2, 2014

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    Author: David Brown

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