Mental health issues are not the kind of injuries that most people associate with making claims for personal injury compensation. In fact most people don’t see things like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression as being injuries at all.
Sometimes they are right; especially mental health issues that develop normally, through ordinary everyday situations. But the question of how you develop mental health issues enters a different realm when it is the direct result of an accident.
Sometimes it is the person who suffers with PTSD or depression who is injured in an accident, and sometimes it is not. Mental health issues can be the result of seeing or hearing about someone else being injured or killed; especially if that someone is a close friend or colleague, or a family member.
Typical symptoms of mental health problems
It’s important to know how to look out for the symptoms of mental health issues; whether it is yourself we are talking about, or another person. Left unaddressed and untreated, mental health problems can deteriorate rapidly, and may even result in self-harming and suicide. Let’s take a quick look at the symptoms of PTSD first. They include:
- Experiencing repetitive images
- Experiencing physical sensations including nausea, pain, sweats, and trembling
- Avoidance of people and places that may trigger remembrances
- Hyperactivity including bouts of anger, difficulty with concentration, insomnia and irritability.
In children, PTSD can also be symptomised by bed wetting.
Before treating mental health issues they must first be identified. We’ve taken a quick look at the symptoms of PSTD, now let’s have a quick look at some of the symptoms of depression:
- Repetitive episodes of low mood and/or sadness
- Suffering feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Suffering from low self-esteem
- Often feeling tearful
- Often feeling guilt-ridden
- Bouts of irritability and intolerance toward others
- Lack of motivation and/or interest in things
- Difficult with making decisions
- Not enjoying life
- Feelings of anxiety and worry
- Suicidal tendencies
The long term effects of mental health issues can go on for months and even years. They can also result in victims resorting to alcohol and drug abuse, and when claiming for mental health issues and their repercussions, all of these things have to be taken into consideration in order to ensure appropriate compensation is awarded.
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The cost of claiming for mental health issues is no different to the cost of claiming for any other type of personal injury, although these costs can escalate if complex psychiatric analysis and treatment is required.