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When we are ill or hurt, we turn to our fabulous health service; this may be visiting the GP or maybe accessing emergency medical care at the local ‘accident and emergency’ department.
Some illnesses and injuries are short term issues that are easily dealt with, from receiving medication or other forms of treatment.
Other issues, however, are longer term or maybe slightly more complex and involved. One such service is to do with mental health. The number of people suffering from such conditions as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder etc are becoming more visible, as mental health is no longer a hidden problem, something to be embarrassed about and kept away from public view.
But where would our expert injury solicitor in Beith come in to this problem?
Only last week, a respected source suggested that the waiting times for counselling and other ‘soft’ therapies on the NHS were too long. People are waiting months to see a qualified counsellor or psychologist and, when you consider how ill some people can be, it seems ludicrous to think that to tap into much needed therapy and treatment can be so long.
The options are to ‘go private’. This brings a hefty price tag, however. An hour long session with a qualified counsellor can be anything from £25 upwards. For those seeking specialist counselling could see them pay much more. Of course, mental health problems are rarely ‘fixed’ in an hour meaning you could be spending an awful lot of your money on treatment.
Our injury solicitor in Beith could claim this back on your behalf, if your mental health issues – whether this is depression or something such as post-traumatic stress disorder – are linked with an incident or accident that was not your fault.
How can this be?
As humans, when we are faced with a traumatic incident, shock sets in. Usually, as part of the healing process, the brain works its mysterious magic allowing us to process the scenes we have witnessed; in short, in time we ‘get over the shock’.
But, for some people, this process is not so easy or straightforward. A very real mental health illness, post-traumatic stress disorder is a physical and psychological reaction to a shock you may have suffered. Many GPs can diagnose the illness, whereas some patients are referred to specialist services.
If you have had your mental illness diagnosed and it is linked to a situation or incident that was not your fault, with the expert help of an injury solicitor in Beith, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more?
Date Published: 1st December 2013
Author: David Brown