Psychiatric injuries are one of the most distressing injuries that a person can suffer. The personality changes, sleep disturbances, mood changes and other emotional and psychological symptoms cause upset and disruption to the sufferer and other people that they live with.
As a result, many people also suffer financially. This may be because they are not able to work at all or to work as many hours as before. Caring for family and performing household tasks can be a struggle or simply impossible.
This can be confusing and upsetting. What people really need at a time like this is some honest, straightforward advice on how they could make a claim for compensation for an injury that was not their fault.
The top 5 things you need to know about making a psychiatric injury claim
- Contact a legal firm like Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible so that they can guide you through the process. Even if you were injured a while ago it is likely that you can still claim. A psychiatric injury claim can be made up to three years after the incident.
- The friendly, professional advisors are experienced in all kinds of claims and will use a unique 30-second test to help them to work out whether your psychiatric claim is likely to be successful. You are under no obligation though, and you do not have to pursue the claim unless you want to.
- You will be put in touch with one of our national network of solicitors who has expertise in handling a psychiatric injury claim. You do not need to worry about expensive legal fees because our lawyers work on a no win no fee* basis, so if your case is not successful you do not pay a thing.
- Many people find that it is a good idea to keep financial records relating to the psychiatric injury claim. This can include loss of earnings and details of any extra costs that you have had, such as paying for extra childcare or for travelling to medical appointments.
- It is usually possible for a psychiatric injury claim to be dealt with over the telephone and very few cases actually end up in court. You may need to attend one appointment with a doctor for a medical assessment. Of course, the exact amount of compensation that you will get cannot be guaranteed as it varies from case to case.
It is important that you feel assured that your legal firm is working in your best interests. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people make claims for injury for over 10 years and is endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
You can call the advice helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What’s more, when you win your case, your solicitors’ fees can be recovered from the losing side.