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Psychological Injury Compensation
Psychological injuries are most likely to occur after an individual has undergone an extremely stressful and upsetting experience, and the damage can be incredibly debilitating. At JMW, our team of solicitors appreciate how distressing a psychological injury can be, which is why we are here to do everything we can to help you claim compensation for your suffering.
If you have suffered a psychological injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your claim in more detail.
A substantial proportion of people who witness a traumatic event go on to suffer psychological damage, and sufferers can be affected in many different ways. Typically, a victim of a psychological injury will relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
At JMW Solicitors, we understand that suffering from psychological trauma can have a deep emotional impact, and if your situation has arisen as a result of someone else’s actions, you may be able to make a claim. A claim for a psychological injury follows the same process as any other injury claim; the victim can claim for the pain and suffering the injury has caused them, as well as any financial losses that may have occurred as a result of the accident.
Because of the nature of a psychological injury, the elements that may make up your final compensation award are slightly different than those of other claims. For example, a psychological injury claim will take into account the sufferer’s ability to cope with life, and any relationships that may have been adversely affected as a result of the accident, so that the best possible outcome can be achieved for the sufferer and their loved ones.
Claiming compensation can also assist in putting victims in touch with expert medical professionals who are able to help to treat symptoms of the illness.
The symptoms felt by sufferers of psychological injuries differ from person to person, but the most common include:
- Hyperarousal - feeling in a constant state of high alert
- Sleeping problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression - read more about the condition here
- Emotional detachment
- Drug or alcohol misuse
- Headaches, shaking and stomach upsets
- Anhedonia - loss of enjoyment in normally pleasurable activities
Psychological injuries are usually caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The types of events that can cause psychological damage include:
- Participating in military combat
- Experiencing a distressing act of medical negligence
- Having a near-death experience
- Being involved in a serious road accident
- Being the victim of, or witnessing, a violent personal attack or terrorist attack
- Witnessing a violent death
- Suffering anaesthetic awareness
- Being involved in an accident in which a close family member sustains injury
Damage can occur immediately after the traumatic event, however, in many cases, it can occur weeks, month or even years later. For example, those who have served in the military will often begin to feel the effects once they return home from active duty.
We understand how difficult it can be for sufferers and their families to live with psychological injuries. Our team appreciates and has seen first hand the effect it can have on an individual’s ability to cope with all aspects of life, putting a strain on relationships and affecting their ability to work.
The personal injury team at JMW has experience in dealing with psychological injury claims and is dedicated to supporting you throughout the claims process, so you can recover the compensation you need to feel as comfortable as possible. We will also ensure that you receive appropriate medical treatment, which could involve counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) which can help to substantially reduce the effects of the condition on your day to day life.
To find out how much you could claim, click here.