If you are struggling with the emotional trauma of an open fire injury then you may benefit from open fire accident counselling.
Immediately after an accident all the focus is likely to be on treating your physical injuries. This is understandable since these will be the most obvious and need the most urgent treatment. Alongside the physical injuries there may well be emotional and psychological trauma. This is much less obvious, but may have just as serious consequences for your health.
Signs and symptoms
Any accident involving smoke and fire is going to be frightening. Afterwards you may find yourself experiencing nightmares and flashbacks to the accident, and you might suffer from insomnia, anxiety attacks and mood swings. Some of your symptoms may be physical such as sweating, an unusually strong or fast heartbeat and breathlessness. If your burns have left scars you may need help coming to terms with how your appearance has changed and living with a permanent disfigurement.
What to do
If you are struggling with any of these symptoms consult your doctor; they may refer you for open fire accident counselling. This is available free of charge on the NHS, but there may be long waiting lists. If you do not wish to wait, another option can be to see a private counsellor. The downside of this is that it can be expensive, especially as you may need to attend several sessions to work through your trauma.
The good news is that Accident Advice Helpline can help. We are committed to helping people recover all financial costs of an accident, including those of counselling. If you are already in touch with us about a compensation claim for your physical injuries, make sure you update us on your need for counselling.
If we are not already making a personal injury claim for you, call the helpline and speak to one of our trained advisors. They will explain the claims process and can confirm if you are entitled to compensation. If the accident was not your fault and you have a medically recognised need for counselling, your solicitor will be able to claim back the costs as part of your compensation package.
Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted free of charge on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. You can also text claim365 to 88010 to receive a call back from one of our friendly advisors. Claims must be made within three years of the open fire accident.
Finding a counsellor
If you have decided to have private counselling a quick internet search will undoubtedly bring up many suggestions. It is also worth asking your GP and local burns unit if they can recommend anyone. Charities and other organisations that support burns victims will also be a useful source of information. Do not delay in seeking the treatment you need; just remember to keep receipts so that the costs can be claimed back. Start your emotional recovery from your open fire accident today.