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Many people assume that to make a personal injury compensation claim, you must have sustained a physical injury – such as a broken bone or head injury – as a direct result of an accident.
However for some, the fear and anxiety associated with an accident could also lead to them suffering a psychiatric injury.
Psychiatric injury symptoms may not be apparent to you immediately and can take months, or even years, to advance. So even if your condition develops in the medium to long-term, you may still be able to make a claim.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with claims involving post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, phobias and depression following an accident.
We’ve also represented secondary victims in psychiatric injury claims. Secondary victims include someone who has witnessed a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one, and has suffered psychological harm as a result of the experience.
Assessing your psychiatric injury claim
Claiming compensation for PTSD and other psychiatric injury claims can be complex as we need to prove that your injury was directly caused by an accident.
In assessing your claim, we’ll need to assess your long-term vulnerability, the severity of your injury, the likelihood of treatment being successful and your prognosis for recovery.
If you need specialist therapy or rehabilitation, we’ll seek payment from the other party to fund the treatment you need. We can also refer you to psychiatric support groups outside of the legal process.
Why choose Barcan+Kirby?
Our personal injury solicitors act for clients throughout the UK on a wide range of personal injury compensation claims.
We understand that it can be difficult to come to terms with a serious psychiatric injury.
We offer a free consultation with a specialist personal injury solicitor to talk about your options and how best to fund your claim.
For further information about psychiatric injury claims or secondary victims in personal injury cases, call 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.