If you had a toe amputated as a result of someone else’s negligence you should consider toe amputation counselling within your personal injury claim. Proving that a person has suffered a serious psychological trauma as a result of a physical injury is an arduous endeavour even for the best solicitors. This is especially because, unlike physical injuries, psychological trauma cannot be seen or measured. As a result, many claims for psychiatric injuries are deliberately ignored by most medical and legal experts.
We are different. Our experienced solicitors working at Accident Advice Helpline are ready to help you claim and obtain compensation for the treatment and counselling associated with toe amputation.
Psychiatric injuries alongside physical injuries
Psychiatric and emotional harm usually goes hand-in-hand with physical injuries. For instance, if you have been injured whilst operating a machine, you can develop a phobia that may prevent you from operating specific equipment pieces in the future. Your physical injury may also trigger additional psychiatric reactions, such as depression, which may hinder your inability to carry out regular activities.
In order to recover damages for psychiatric trauma, your medical report must describe a “recognisable psychiatric illness” relating to the event that has led to your toe amputation. According to psychiatrists, a “recognisable psychiatric illness” is not a short-term shock, distress, or grief, but a standalone illness recognised as such by specialists.
A very important aspect that many professionals tend to overlook when analysing psychiatric injury cases is that the victims do not have to be sedated or hospitalised in order to be diagnosed with a serious psychiatric illness. Counselling and therapy for psychiatric conditions can be included in any claim if a psychiatrist issues a medical report stating that the claimant has developed an illness such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. For such a claim to be successful, it is vital that the psychiatrist connects the defined psychiatric illness to the initial shock, which in your case, is the toe amputation.
How can we help
Our personal injury specialists at Accident Advice Helpline admit that including counselling in a toe amputation compensation claim can be difficult sometimes. Since the physical pain, emotional distress, psychiatric implications due to sudden change and financial strain can be overwhelming for you, we are more than happy to handle your claim on your behalf and guide you through any problems that you may face on a daily basis, including rehabilitation.
To secure the right amount of compensation for your current and future needs, Accident Advice Helpline will investigate the circumstances of your accident and try to obtain interim payments, if possible. Our experts will also investigate the cost of future care, loss of past and future earnings, cost of rehabilitation and special equipment and your entitlement to welfare benefit.
If you believe that you have developed a psychiatric condition as a result of your physical injury, please call us at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for free advice. To help you get the most out of your compensation claim, we will not only include toe amputation counselling, but also assist you in obtaining appropriate financial advice on how to protect your compensation award.
Date Published: May 3, 2014
Author: David Brown