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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

    Legionnaires’ disease accident counselling

    If you are suffering from emotional trauma as a result of Legionnaires’ disease you may need Legionnaires’ disease accident counselling.

    Contracting Legionnaires’ disease can be a frightening experience and you may find yourself shocked by how quickly you went from being perfectly well to seriously ill. In some cases Legionnaires’ disease can prove fatal, and if you narrowly escaped death then you could find yourself suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as you try to come to terms with your experience. If a friend or co-worker died in the same outbreak, a combination of grief, survivor’s guilt and fear may cause emotional trauma that persists long after you have recovered from the disease. Not all survivors make a full recovery and if you are one of those who are left with fatigue, muscle weakness or respiratory problems, you may find it hard to come to terms with the loss of your previous good health.

    How do I know if I need counselling?

    Emotional trauma can result in a number of symptoms; these might include nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety attacks. You may find yourself experiencing extreme mood swings from tears to anger and irritability. You might have physical symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, sweating and an unusually strong or fast heartbeat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a doctor and find out if they will refer you for Legionnaires’ disease accident counselling.

    Finding a counsellor

    Counselling is available on the NHS, but there may be a long waiting list. Meanwhile your symptoms may be devastating to live with and could even worsen. Private counselling will mean immediate help, but in return can be costly and you may need several sessions before you start to recover. This can be particularly hard if you are already suffering the financial consequences of your illness.

    What can Accident Advice Helpline do?

    We would recommend that you do not suffer any longer than you have to and seek immediate treatment, even if that means paying for private counselling. Keep receipts for any treatment you pay for and then contact us on our free 24-hour helpline. If we are already making a personal injury claim on your behalf then update your expert solicitor about your need for counselling and any extra expenses you incur. If you have not already started a claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our advisors will be able to tell you if you are entitled to compensation and how much you may be able to claim. If you have a medically recognised need for counselling our solicitors will be able to claim back the costs of private counselling as part of your compensation package.

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    At Accident Advice Helpline we believe that no one should suffer financially because of the physical or emotional effects of Legionnaires’ disease caused by poorly maintained water systems. Our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis so that you have no further upfront costs to worry about. Don’t suffer financially for someone else’s negligence; call us today.

    Date Published: October 18, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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