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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

    Psychological accidents: Concentration difficulty

    Physical personal injuries are not always the only result of accidents. Some people injured by accident may also suffer psychological after-effects of varying severity.

    Symptoms of psychological effects, like concentration issues, after injury by accident

    Psychological effects, or injuries, can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Anger
    • Fear
    • Inability for concentration
    • Low self-esteem
    • Embarrassment

    How the psychological impact of accidental injuries is manifested and how severe these symptoms become depends, to a great deal, on the actual cause of these effects.

    Causes of psychological injury like concentration difficulties

    There are three main factors that may cause psychological problems in a person suffering an accidental injury. These factors are physical damage, trauma, memory issues, and scarring.

    Physical damageHead injuries in particular can damage parts of the brain responsible for emotions, behaviour and the ability to focus or use concentration. In many cases where a physical injury is responsible for psychological issues, such issues may, depending on the original injury and how well it can be healed, be permanent.

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    Trauma/ memory issues – The trauma of being involved in an accident can also lead to psychological effects. Reliving the memory of the accident over and over again can lead to long term issues, although comparatively minor injuries are typically ‘forgotten’ sooner than more severe, potentially debilitating injuries.

    Scarring – This often has the most severe psychological impact, especially if the scarring is the result of injuries by burning, violent crimes or road traffic accidents. Here, a mixture of most, if not all symptoms is likely to be present.

    Concentration difficulties

    While all symptoms of psychological injuries have the potential to disrupt lives, an inability to concentrate in particular makes going to work, studying, or indeed performing any daily tasks, extremely difficult, if not impossible.

    Claiming for compensation

    Even if the actual physical injury is relatively minor, the psychological effect of a personal injury may be severe. For this reason, it may be possible to claim for injury compensation, not only based on the physical extent of an injury, but also on the psychological impact the injury had on the victim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you suffer psychological consequences of an accident that was not your fault, have a chat with an Accident Advice Helpline adviser to see if you qualify for personal injury compensation. Advisers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via their freephone number on 0800 689 0500  and calls are confidential and obligation free. Claims are dealt with by experienced legal professionals and under conditional fee agreements.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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