We can help you make a claim for the psychological effects of an accident
As well as being physically painful, many injuries can have serious psychological impacts. Whether you witnessed a traumatic accident or were personally involved in it, the effects on your mental health can be long-lasting.
Nobody deserves to suffer from psychological illness at the same time as recovering after an accident. It’s not uncommon for the emotional trauma to be more difficult to cope with than the injury itself.
Mental health conditions can stop you in your tracks – you may be unable to carry on with your day-to-day life, which can affect your family, career and finances.
We can’t take away what you’ve been through, but we can help you get the money you need so you can focus on your recovery without having to worry about the costs.
Speak to us for free, impartial advice on 0800 376 0150. We’ll be happy to talk you through the process and can let you know whether we think you could make a claim.
Could you make a psychiatric injury claim?
There are two main ways that you may be able receive compensation for the psychological effects of an accident.
Firstly, compensation can be given for psychological issues as part of your claim for a physical injury. When negotiating your compensation, our solicitors will always take the emotional effects of your injury into consideration, and will work hard to make sure you receive compensation to cover these.
The second way is to claim for a psychological condition caused by an accident, even if you weren’t physically injured. This can only happen in extreme circumstances; for example, if you’re suffering from a condition such as PTSD but weren’t injured in any other way, then this is considered severe mental trauma.
In most cases, your accident has to have happened in the last three years and been somebody else’s fault for you to be able to make a claim.
Claiming as a ‘primary victim’
You’re the primary victim of an accident if you were one of the people involved. For example, if you were the driver or passenger in a car accident, then you’re a primary victim and it’s likely we can help you make a claim for the psychological impact it’s had.
Claiming as a ‘secondary victim’
Secondary victims are people who witnessed the accident or its immediate aftermath. You may be able to receive compensation as a secondary victim if:
- The person injured is a close friend or family member
- You were at the scene when the accident happened, or straight after the incident
- The accident was someone else’s fault
Types of psychological illnesses
Severe or traumatic accidents can cause a number of different types of psychological illnesses, all of which can have a crippling effect on your life. Some examples are:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): can cause flashbacks, nightmares and trouble sleeping. People who suffer from PTSD often avoid places or people who remind them of the accident
- Anxiety: causes feelings of panic, dizziness and heart palpitations
- Depression: causes you to feel low in mood and energy with little motivation
We know how unfair it can feel if you’re suffering from mental illness because of an accident which wasn’t your fault. We’re here to help you make it right by giving you pressure-free advice, and helping you make a mental health compensation claim if you decide you’d like to go ahead.
How compensation can help
On top of everything else, the costs of mental illness can really start to build up. You may have had to pay for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and it’s also likely that you’ve had to take time off work. Along with other day-to-day expenses, it can quickly become difficult to keep up with the bills.
When making your claim, our solicitors will consider:
- The impact of your accident on your family
- Any time off work
- Private medical treatment and prescription costs
- Travel and accommodation costs
- The future impact on your life
You can get in touch with us for free on 0800 376 0150. We’ll never rush or pressure you into making a claim, but we can answer your questions and speak to you in a confidential environment. We’ll also be able to help you understand whether you could claim.