When someone is involved in an accident, they may suffer several physical injuries. These could be anything from mild injuries to life-threatening ones. However, we don’t often think of the psychological effects of an accident, and yet these can be just as debilitating as the physical effects – sometimes, even more so. Psychological injury claims may be made by those who have suffered in this way, and who have medical proof of their condition stemming directly from their experience.
There are many examples of how this may work. For instance, you may be nervous of getting back in a car again following a car accident. You may develop anxiety after an accident at work, too, perhaps every time you go back into the office, factory, or warehouse, following your accident and injury. These are just a couple of examples – suffice to say the stress and pain of an accident that causes you injury can lead to psychological problems as well.
There are also many psychological problems that could crop up. We have already mentioned anxiety, but panic attacks are closely associated with this condition. You may have been in a nasty car accident, and now every time you get in a car – as a passenger, or as a driver – you feel nervous of what might happen. Next thing you know, you start panicking, you cannot breathe properly, and you feel as though the world is closing in around you. Panic attacks have many other symptoms, too, and can prevent you from leading a normal life. If you have received treatment or had a proper medical diagnosis of panic attacks, or indeed any other psychological conditions, relating to your accident, you could make psychological injury claims.
It is very important to note the necessity of being able to prove these injuries. Just as you would see your GP, or attend a casualty unit, for treatment relating to your physical injuries, so you should see your GP if you develop psychological problems following an accident. Regardless of what happened, how, and when, you must have evidence that you have panic attacks, or anxiety, or flashbacks associated with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to help with a claim. Psychological injury claims must be backed up by appropriate evidence, just as physical injuries resulting in claims should be.
How easy is it to make psychological injury claims?
It can be more difficult to prove you have a psychological injury than a physical injury, purely because there is no physical evidence to point to. There are no bruises, no broken bones, and no other physical evidence that something is wrong. This makes it even more important to get a proper medical diagnosis, as we have already seen.
So, if you have experienced psychological problems since your accident, do see your GP as soon as you can. They may refer you for an assessment and treatment, and this will enable you to get a proper report and information about your psychological condition to add to your medical records. This could help hugely in trying to make a claim for compensation. It is very important that we emphasise this, as it will make a significant difference to your chances of receiving compensation for this part of your injuries.
A comprehensive claim
It is also worth noting that psychological injury claims can be dealt with simultaneously to your physical injury claim. When you make a claim for compensation, assuming a third party can be proven to have caused your injuries, your lawyer will assess what occurred and make notes regarding all your injuries. This means assessing your psychological injuries as well as your physical ones.
If your claim is found in your favour, any compensation granted to you will be worked out according to all the injuries you suffered. There are guidelines that must be followed in this instance, and that means your lawyer will negotiate with the other party to make sure you get the best amount that could be due to you. This should account for all the injuries you suffered and their severity and length, too – with psychological injuries included.
Make one call today to learn more
Psychological injury claims may be more challenging to prove than those relating to physical injuries. However, that does not mean they can never be proven. The best way forward is to ask a professional personal injury lawyer to look at your case, and to see if they can help you make a no-win, no-fee* claim. By speaking to someone who has dealt with many similar cases before, you can get a much better idea of how the claims process works. You will also know how the lawyer has handled psychological injury claims in the past, and have confidence they know how to support you now you have found yourself in a similar situation.
Accident Advice Helpline has been the preferred source of advice for many others in a similar situation. You can give our team a ring today on 0800 689 0500, or by calling on 0333 500 0993 via your mobile to find out more information about making a claim. It’s also worth knowing we have developed a 30-second test you can take, which you will find at the top of this page. Take this now, and you’ll get an idea of what might be in your future if you can make a claim.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Psychological Injury claims