As a rule, a successful compensation claim will cover the cost of counselling if medical experts believe that you need it. The idea behind accident compensation is to get you back, as far as possible, into the position you were in before the accident occurred. Your mental health is just as relevant as your physical wellbeing.
Cost of counselling if you have to go private
Although counselling is available on the NHS, courts recognise that it is difficult to access a specialist counsellor in this way and that you may face a long waiting list even for general counselling. Because of this, courts will award compensation money for private treatment as long as the cost is in line with the average for the particular kind of treatment.
Getting counselling quickly can be important to your recovery. If you want to start it straight away, save your receipts and we at Accident Advice Helpline will do what we can to help you to reclaim the money. As long as your accident happened within the last three years, you received medical treatment for it and it was somebody else’s fault, you have a good chance of being able to make a successful claim.
To increase the chance that a compensation claim will cover the cost of counselling, you should make sure that you have the medical evidence your need. This could come from any suitably qualified medical professional, including your own GP, but in some cases you may also need an independent assessment. If this is the case then we can arrange it for you. Although you will need to answer questions about how the accident has affected you, the person assessing you will be careful to avoid making you feel worse.
Where to begin
At Accident Advice Helpline we understand how traumatic being in an accident can be, so we make every effort to reduce stress in the claims process itself. You can call us at any time of day or night, whenever you feel up to it, and we will always listen sympathetically. You will not be under any pressure to take action – we are here to help, even if all you want is to understand your options. We will not charge you any money and it is entirely up to you whether you want to make a claim.
Our telephone advisors are highly trained and always ready to answer your questions. They can help you to work out how much overall compensation you might be entitled to and can tell you whether you have a good case for getting funded counselling.
Making a claim
If you decide you want to claim, we can fix you up with a solicitor who has handled similar claims in the past. Like us, the solicitor will keep everything as simple as possible to reduce the pressure on you. You will not have to pay anything if we lose the case but a successful claim will mean that you can get the help you need with no extra worries.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown