Personal injury claims involving psychiatric injury are broadly similar to claims involving physical injury – the main difference being that you can usually see a physical injury but a psychiatric injury is invisible.
That does not mean that a psychiatric injury is any less serious and the impact it has upon an individual can be life-changing for the sufferer, as well as those around them. The affects can be wide-ranging and impact upon the individual, at home, socially and at work.
Unfortunately, unlike a broken leg, which is easily identified, understood and treated, psychiatric injury may not become noticeable for months and is often difficult to diagnose and treat. It is also common to find that where there has been a physical injury, the psychiatric and physical injury ‘feed’ off’ and maintain each other. However, you do not have to be physically injured in order to be able to claim for psychiatric injury.
There are two types of victims:
- Primary victims
Those directly involved in the accident and have suffered psychiatric injury as a result (although not necessarily any physical injury).
- Secondary victims
A ‘secondary victim’ is someone who suffers a psychiatric injury as a result of witnessing an accident. However, claims as a secondary victim are limited to those who witness an accident (or the immediate aftermath) involving a loved one. An example of this is a mother who witnesses her young daughter being run over by a car and seriously injured.
Ashtons Legal know that every injury victim is different and the impact an injury has upon a person, differs from person to person and our specialist injury lawyers will work closely with you every step of the way. Our lawyers are experts who are experienced at helping people who have a psychiatric injury and for example, support people suffering from:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (‘PTSD’)
- Anxiety Disorder
- Mood (or depressive) Disorder
- Somatic Symptom Disorder (‘SSD’)
Our specialist injury lawyers understand what representing people who have suffered this type of injury are going through and what must be done to get the care and financial support they need. They will ensure that you have access to the leading experts in the fields of care, medicine and rehabilitation. Our lawyers are also experts at valuing and maximising the amount of compensation you receive.
Ashtons Legal offer a free initial, no obligation, consultation. If you already have a solicitor, for your peace of mind, we are happy to review your case. We also offer a nationwide service and are able to offer “no win, no fee” funding arrangements in most cases.