Can I Claim For Anxiety After A Car Accident?

A car accident can be one of the most frightening experiences that someone could be involved in. It can cause severe upset and anxiety. This can last for a long time and can have a real impact on people’s lives after an accident.

It is possible to claim for anxiety after a car accident. To do this we would obtain a psychiatric report which would detail the anxiety and upset that you have sustained after the accident. We would arrange for a consultant psychiatrist to meet you and prepare a report and discuss the accident and the impact that it has had on you.

It is very common after an accident to be upset and badly shaken up as a car accident can be very frightening for you and anyone else who is in the vehicle. There are often physical injuries sustained and sometimes the physical injuries can also cause some anxiety and upset.  The effect of living with pain that has been caused by the accident can take its toll on your mental health.

Travel Anxiety

One of the most common findings by the psychiatrist if one of “travel anxiety” which people often suffer from after an accident.  This can amount to being very nervous as a passenger, being scared to get back into your car or behind the wheel and to be generally nervous, anxious and scared at the thought of travelling.

If you have been in an accident and you are suffering from anxiety and upset, then you can give us a call and we can talk through your case with you free of charge. We have helped numerous people who have been in car accidents and have been upset and often nervous about making a claim. We will be able to help you in that situation and to discuss with you your options and allow you to make the right decision after being in an accident.

Talk To An Experienced Car Accident Solicitor

If you are scared about coming into the office or meeting us because of the anxiety caused by the car accident, we can discuss your case over the phone or through a video call to make sure that you get the legal help and support that you need after an accident.

It is important that you speak to solicitors who are experienced in dealing with car accidents, some solicitors would not have the experience or expertise of helping people after an accident and they may dismiss your claim and say that your anxiety or upset are not enough to make a claim. Or they may say that you have to sustain physical injuries after an accident which is incorrect.

It is important that you speak to someone who knows what they are talking about and can give you the right advice after a car accident and the sensitive support that is needed for someone that has been traumatised by a frightening accident.

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What To Do After A Car Accident?

If you have been in a car accident and you find yourself very upset and affected by it, we would strongly advise you to speak to your GP or go to Accident & Emergency for treatment. Your GP can refer you for counselling and can give you medication which can help you get through the difficult times after a car accident.

Mental upset can be very significant after a car accident and can last for some considerable time. The longer the symptoms last for, the more serious they are and the amount of compensation that you are entitled to will increase the longer the symptoms are in place.

There are many people in society today who suffer from mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression. We have helped many people who have found that a car accident has made those symptoms a lot worse and has set them back considerably and have forced them to go and seek further medical treatment from their GP. If you have found that your mental health has suffered as a result of a car accident then talk to us and we will be able to give you guidance as to what you need to do after an accident and how we can help you.

We offer a free consultation so that you can speak to us free of charge and there is no obligation for you to go ahead with the claim. We will not put you under any pressure or ask you do anything that you do not want to do. We will give you advice and assistance. Our aim is to help you in anyway that we can after being involved in a stressful and upsetting car accident.

In some cases, people can suffer very badly from anxiety and depression after a car accident. We have helped people who have been involved in very serious head on collisions when in their own words “their life has flashed before their eyes” and it has taken them years to properly recover from that. The impact that that has had on their family life, their work and any hobbies they have are very significant. In that case we were able to help that person obtain counselling and a significant sum of compensation for the injuries and upset that they have suffered after that accident. Some people after a car accident find that they are not able to return to work or even leave their home for a period due to the upset that they have had.

Also, it can have an effect on hobbies such as any sporting pursuits or even a simple daily activity such as going for a walk or meeting friends and having a healthy social life. All of these factors will be taken into account and will be included in the report that we obtain from an experienced consultant psychiatrist who will prepare a report detailing what you have had to go through after the accident and will also detail what the recovery period will be. The compensation you will receive will be based on factors like how long it will take you to recover, how serious your upset has been, and the effect on your day to day life such as work and hobbies.

We are experienced in helping people who have been in car accidents and who have suffered mental health difficulties after that. In those cases we try to make it as easy as possible so that you do not feel under more stress in making a compensation claim, we try to make the whole process as hassle free as possible and make it as easy as possible for you to contact us and to pursue a claim for compensation.

Some people suffer in silence after an accident and try to cure those symptoms themselves, or decide that they do not want to claim even though what they are going through has been directly caused by the car accident. They are entitled to make a compensation claim which will at least provide some financial comfort and assistance to them in the future. It will help to deal with any upset and trauma that they have suffered after a car accident.

How Much Of My Compensation Will I Get?

A recent case that we helped with, our client who was struck by another vehicle to the side of his vehicle as he was going around a roundabout. The other vehicle had struck the driver’s side and he saw the other vehicle coming directly towards him. He was very upset after the accident and could not get the image of the headlights of the other vehicle coming directly towards him out of his head. In that case we obtained an orthopaedic report which assisted with showing his physical injuries to their neck and shoulder. We then sent that report to the insurance company and they made an offer of £4,000 in settlement.

It was clear that our client was still suffering badly from psychiatric upset after the accident and had been to his GP a number of times so we obtained a report from a consultant psychiatrist which we also then sent to the insurance company. After they received the psychiatric report they increased the offer to £10,000 in full settlement which our client accepted. He was happy to conclude his case for a total settlement of £10,000.

We always ensure that in any claim for compensation that you are able to keep 100% of your compensation. We do not take any percentage of your compensation claim that you are entitled to. We ensure that you receive 100% of the compensation.

In that case our client received £10,000 and the legal costs and medical reports were paid by the insurance company separately to ensure that our client got his full £10,000 settlement.

Contact Us

If you have been in an accident and you are upset, you cannot sleep, you are having flashbacks, your mood if affected or your relationship with your family members has been affected please call us in confidence to discuss your case. There is no cost to speak to us and we can give you advice to support you during that difficult time.

Call us on 028 71 229 343, or email us on info@mcgeeokanelaw.co.uk or Make An Online Enquiry.

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