Is Stress Really Classed as a Personal Injury?
When people think about a personal injury claim, stress is not always the first thing that springs to mind. When thinking about whether to make a claim for compensation after an accident, people tend to focus on the physical injuries which have occurred. People think that the more serious the physical injury, the more money they will be awarded.
This may be true to a certain extent — an accident that has a severe impact on the victim will usually give rise to a higher amount of compensation. However, this is not the whole story. The emotional impact of an accident will also give rise to a claim for compensation if your wellbeing has been effected negatively by the accident.
Can You Claim for Stress?
Yes! Stress is an extremely common reaction to an accident, which is why when assessing the amount of compensation that should be awarded in a personal injury claim, stress will be included. You may be able to claim compensation for stress, but how do cope with stress in the meantime?
The best way to deal with stress in relation to your personal injury claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We will ensure that your claim is handled by a legal professional who will be happy to help, explain everything in simple terms and help you to claim the money you deserve for your personal injury claim for stress.
Once you have contacted Accident Advice Helpline to help deal with your personal injury claim, stress should start to reduce as that’s one major worry being handled. While we are doing their job, here are some tips for you to help reduce your stress even further:
- Exercise – Going for a brisk walk or a jog will reduce stress levels, as exercise is a natural release for the body. If you can take your walk or jog on a route you find particularly relaxing or beautiful, then try to do this as often as possible.
- Breathing techniques – Stress tends to make people breathe using short, sharp intakes of breath. This is the worse type of breathing, as it leads to feelings of anxiety and can lead to panic attacks. Ensure you take slow, steady breaths and count 1, 2, 3, 4 as you breathe in and 1, 2, 3, 4 as you breath out.
- Stick to a relatively healthy diet – Eating and drinking foods which contain caffeine, sugar or alcohol will have a negative impact on your stress levels, so try to cut down on the coffee, chocolate and beer and replace them with healthy snacks such as fruit.
- Have a timeout – Whenever you feel stress taking over, stop what you are doing and have a time out. Contrary to popular belief, cigarettes will not reduce stress, so try to cut down on your smoking if you want to tackle your stress.
Putting these four tips into practice, combined with allowing Accident Advice Helpline to assist in your personal injury claim, will see your stress reduced in no time! Just dial 0800 689 0500 to get obligation free advice from our experts.