When you think about a victim of a car accident in Preston that was not their own fault then you may be thinking about a person with whiplash and a few cuts and bruises. This stereotypical view is not necessarily true. For some people who have been injured in a car accident in Preston it is not the actual physical injuries that are causing the main problem. They may have initially called a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline just after their car accident in Preston because they were physically hurt. They may have been enquiring about starting a personal injury claim for compensation. However, over the next few days and weeks they may find that it is psychological effects that are having most impact on their everyday lives.
Help for psychological problems after a car accident in Preston
If you are concerned that you are suffering from psychological trauma following a car accident in Preston then it is very important that you talk to someone about it. Firstly, you should talk to your family doctor about how you are feeling so that they can get you some help. Secondly, you should tell Accident Advice Helpline as they may also be able to get you some help and may be able to include these symptoms in your personal injury claim. If the symptoms are severe enough to stop you from working then they may also be able to get you some compensation for loss of wages. You will need to provide some written evidence (such as wage slips from before and after your accident) to show that you have lost money.
The symptoms of trauma can be either emotional and psychological or physical. Some typical emotional and psychological symptoms would be things like shock, denial, or disbelief. Some people have feelings of great anger and this can make them appear irritable and they can also exhibit mood swings. There can be problems with relationships because the injured person withdraws from their family or feels disconnected or numb. All of these can make family life very hard.
There can also be physical symptoms of trauma and these would be in addition to any physical injuries suffered in the car accident in Preston. Many people suffer from insomnia (inability to sleep) and when they do manage to get to sleep they get nightmares. Some find that they are very easily startled (feeling jumpy) and can even suffer from a racing heartbeat. Traumatised people can get various aches and pains and feel very tired (fatigue). They may also have muscle tension which may be related to the aches and pains. Some people say that they feel very edgy and agitated and this can lead to a loss of concentration.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry