If you recently had an accident using your wheelchair, your doctor may have advised you to attend wheelchair accident counselling sessions. Your accident may have left you with both physical and psychological injuries, and it is important that you ensure both are properly addressed. Your long-term health depends on addressing problems as best you can.
Using your wheelchair
Using a wheelchair in modern-day Britain has become easier in recent decades. Much work has been done in public spaces to ensure that wheelchair users can access most areas, with steps levelled to walkways and lifts installed in addition to escalators or stairs. Most publicly owned buildings have had improvement work done, which is being increasingly copied by private businesses such as restaurants and shops.
As you will know, however, much work remains to be done. Although provision for wheelchair users tends to be best in city centres, less work has been done in the suburbs or in rural areas. You may still rely to a large extent on the goodwill of other people to help you get around.
Sometimes, you may find that some roads, pavements, walkways, shopping centres, restaurants and other spaces are inherently risky for wheelchair users. Your safety may be seriously put at risk by faulty paving or badly maintained flooring or walkways. If you had a wheelchair accident because someone else failed to give your needs their proper attention, you could be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries.
How can compensation help me?
A successful claim for wheelchair accident counselling, which Accident Advice Helpline can help you pursue, can be used to offset your unexpected expenses in the wake of your accident. This may include your counselling expenses. Although counselling can be freely available on the NHS, you may find that you have to wait a long time before a counsellor can attend to you. If you suffered serious psychological damage in your wheelchair accident, you may not have a long time to wait before needing to improve your mental health.
Private counselling has the benefit of usually being available much faster. Of course, it does mean that you have to pay for your sessions. Although Accident Advice Helpline does not pay your counselling fees directly, we can help you make a claim for accident compensation. If successful, the money you receive from this claim can be used towards the cost of the counselling.
How can I find out more?
Accident Advice Helpline can give you more advice about making an accident claim and what it could be worth. You need to be able to show that your wheelchair accident was caused by someone else, whether a public authority or a private business or individual. If we think you have a valid case, one of our expert personal injury solicitors will help you make a claim for compensation. All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis.
Contact us today on our free helpline, on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Paralysis claim