Personal injury claims take a wide variety of forms, varying from standard muscle and soft tissue injuries, lacerations, scarring and psychological injuries. Sometimes the long term psychological effects can far outweigh the original injury which may have healed within a couple of months.
Psychological injuries can take many various forms from a mild travel anxiety whilst driving on a motorway to specific phobias, situational anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
Depending on the nature of the accident and injury, symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and avoidance of situations. If a Claimant feels that they are suffering from the psychological effects of an accident or subsequent injuries, we will arrange for an assessment with a psychologist or psychiatrist (dependant on the severity of the psychological injury) for consideration of any treatment that may be appropriate. This may take the form of (amongst others) CBT (Cognitive Behavioural therapy), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or booster driving lessons to increase confidence whilst driving on the road.
If any psychological treatment is recommended and this will be arranged on a private basis and the cost of any treatment will be recovered from the Defendants representatives. To aid recovery, it is important that psychological injuries are dealt with as quickly as possible and the claim should not be settled until these matters have resolved as a psychological injuries can have a detrimental and long lasting effect on people’s lives.
If you have any queries regarding making a claim for a psychological injury please contact us on 0161 832 6131.