Accidents involving animals or large crowds can be particularly traumatic, and this is why you may need horseracing accident counselling in the wake of such an incident. Though accidents at racecourses are thankfully relatively rare, there is a range of risks involved in the different activities that can take place. Crush injuries from a poorly-managed crowd can leave the victim with psychological scars as well as physical damage. If you are a jockey or other racing professional and are trampled by a horse it can lead to panic attacks, nightmares, depression, phobias and other psychological conditions that can severely impair your quality of life. If you work with horses for a living, this could affect your ability to do your job and lead to unemployment, which has its own associated mental stresses.
Do you need counselling?
If you’ve been injured in a horseracing accident, you’ll naturally be visiting a doctor. They will be the one to decide whether you also need accident counselling in order to complete your recovery. It is essential that you follow your doctor’s advice. They may be able to see psychological problems that you are unaware of, but that could nevertheless seriously affect your life, your ability to earn a living and your relationships with colleagues, friends and family. Your doctor should be able to refer you for NHS counselling, but be aware that there is often a long waiting time for this service. Under such circumstances, you may decide to pay for private counselling, which can usually be provided much sooner. Psychological problems can grow worse the longer they are left untreated, so this may be the sensible option. However, private healthcare can often be very expensive.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline cannot refer you to counselling, nor can we provide a counselling service or pay for it up front. Although we can help you make a compensation claim for your horseracing accident that takes the cost of counselling into account. Our expert lawyers all work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so they always do their best to secure you the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled. This could include not only a sum proportionate to your physical injuries, but an additional amount to cover the cost of private counselling, which would also take into account loss of income due to time taken off work and any travelling expenses.
As with claiming for your physical injuries, evidence is important. This would include a statement from your doctor as to why they felt you needed counselling as an essential part of your recovery, as well as proof of the counselling sessions and any expenses occurred. At Accident Advice Helpline, we are well aware of the importance of counselling and the debilitating effect psychological trauma can have on your life. Our trained, friendly advisors are always sensitive to your problems, and you can rest assured your case will be handled appropriately. Call our free 24-hour helpline now, or visit our website to find out how much you could claim.