Depressive disorder – an emotional reaction to a traumatic event
People, unfortunately, have accidents every day. It is not something that we like to think will happen to us and neither do we know how we will react should such an event occur.
For some people who have suffered the trauma of an accident, they need the help of not only their medical team but also Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyer in Heybridge.
Not just physical injuries
Many people think that the injuries they can claim compensation for are just physical injuries – the marks, scars and bruises we can see. The majority of physical injuries heal, from fractured bones to deep cuts; some people are unfortunately left paralysed by their physical injuries.
But another factor that AAH and their lawyer in Heybridge help claimants with is compensation claims for the various depressive disorders that someone can be left battling with after a traumatic incident.
How do you know you have a depressive disorder?
To be able to use an expert lawyer in Heybridge to claim compensation for your depression linked to an accident, you will need to have a diagnosis from a suitably qualified medical professional; this could be your own GP or it may be a consultant at the hospital you have been attending.
Some people find that after they have been involved in an accident, they suffer a range of symptoms, which can indicate depressive or emotional health issues, such as:
- Flash backs
- Nightmares or night terrors in which the accident is replayed over and over again
- Agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders
Can our lawyer in Heybridge help you?
It is a possibility that our legal teams could help you claim compensation for your depression. In most cases, we find that deep-seated emotional reaction to an accident or incident that someone was involved in, is also matched with physical injuries. If this is the case, your lawyer in Heybridge will include this medically diagnosed depression within your overall claim.
However, for other claimants, the injury they received is an emotional one and just like other claims for physical injuries, there are still key factors that need to be met to make a claim:
- Your depression or emotional ‘disorder’ must be diagnosed by a medical professional
- The accident in which you were involved must NOT have been your fault; you may have been a by-stander or witness to a major incident that has affected you ever since
- You must also be looking to make a claim within 3 years of the date of the accident but we strongly advise you make a claim as soon as you are able to