When people leave home for work, to go shopping or for any other reason, the last thing they expect is to be injured in an accident that was not their fault. None of us plan for this to happen, and the shock and trauma from what has happened can be worse than the injuries themselves.
For some people, they recover from the physical injuries fairly quickly, but the mental anguish can stay with them for a very long time, sometimes it never leaves them.
This is known a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is as much a personal injury as any physical injury that was caused, and victims of this are just as entitled to make a personal injury claim in Merton for compensation.
The usual causes of posttraumatic stress disorder
This problem can suddenly appear after many months, and does not always show immediately after the accident or event that caused it. Any major shock can create the condition, such as:
- Being in an accident that was not your fault
- Witnessing an accident
- Witnessing a loved one being injured in an accident
- Being assaulted
- Losing a loved one
- Witnessing a loved one being assaulted
- Being the victim of crime
These are a few of the obvious things that can cause PTSD, there are many others.
Part of the problem is that it is not always apparent that the victim is ill because it can start with mood swings or panic attacks, and often people are told to pull themselves together. But if they have PTSD this is not so easy, it is not the sort of stress you can just work your way out of, and most sufferers need medical help.
When it eventually manifests itself, there is no knowing how long it will last. For the lucky ones it is over in a few weeks but for those not so lucky it can be many months before they start to feel any better.
Making a personal injury claim in Merton for PTSD
When a victim is depressed, probably one of the last things they feel like doing is getting involved in a personal injury claim, but this can give them something to concentrate their mind on, and could actually help them to feel a little better.
They owe it to themselves to at least have a chat with one of the friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline about their situation, to see if they qualify to make a personal injury claim. They will not be pressurised or put under any obligation if they make the call, and everything will be kept in complete confidence.
Our advisors are on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, and they will gladly help the victim all they can. We have a lot of experience of dealing with these sorts of claims, and will make sure the processes are handled quickly and efficiently, and take every step possible to make sure the victim suffers no more stress from making a claim.