Post-Traumatic Stress – a VERY real emotional reaction
Being involved in a catastrophic event can have a profound effect on a person and their emotional well-being. We tend to hear this phrase linked to military activities where soldiers involved in conflict find it increasingly difficult to come to terms with and process the things they have witnessed and been involved with.
But this emotional reaction is not just something you find amongst soldiers; ordinary people, going about their daily lives that are unwillingly caught up in an accident can also suffer this debilitating condition. It is a mental illness that can grab at someone’s life for a long time, with many sufferers needing extensive help and treatment.
More than just a shock reaction
As any specialist injury lawyer in Birkenhead will tell you, post-traumatic stress is more than just a shock reaction. It is a deep-seated emotional response that can stay with the person for many weeks, months and even in some cases years.
Many people who suffer from this condition, can have disturbed sleep patterns as well as paralysing flash backs at any time of night or day. It can be difficult to get a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress but when the patient has the diagnosis, there is a whole raft of treatment and advice from medical professionals.
Adding insult to injury!
As many specialist injury lawyer in Birkenhead and their team will tell you, what can significantly add to people’s distress is when they were involved in an accident that was not their fault. This catastrophic event cannot only physical injury a person but also have a devastating impact on their emotional health.
How you can claim for post-traumatic stress
- The first and most important thing is to have a formal medical diagnosis alongside any other injuries you had as a result of the accident or incident.
- Keep a note and all official letters from GPs, specialists consultants etc. as may need these to add detail to your compensation claim.
- Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 will be an essential step in getting the advice and services of a specialist injury lawyer in Birkenhead and their team.
In order to make a compensation claim for any injury including post-traumatic stress you need to meet the following criteria:
- The accident or incident must have been in the last three years – this is laid down in personal injury law and although there are a few exceptions, in the majority of cases this rule applies
- The accident or incident must not have been your fault – again, laid down in personal injury law this is a legal requirement
- You must have sought medical attention for your injuries, including receiving a formal diagnosis on post-traumatic stress – this cannot be self-diagnosed!
AAH is here to listen. We can help you and will your put you in touch with the best injury lawyer in Birkenhead for your compensation claim case.
Why not call us and talk through the options?
Date Published: 10th November 2013
Author: David Brown