How Can A Serious Injury Claim Help Psychological Recovery After An Injury?


The Law Of…Understanding The Psychological Impacts of Injuries

The psychological effect of a serious injury can be an added difficulty when coming to terms with what has happened.

Below, Jonathan Thursby, Personal Injury Associate, explains how a serious injury claim can go a long way to aiding the transition into life post-injury.

What Is A Serious Injury?

A serious injury is defined by the effect of the injury on the person post-incident. If the incident has given the survivor a permanent disability, medical problems, or has shortened life-expectancy, then this is classed as a serious injury.

It is common for someone who has gone through any kind of severe accident to suffer from psychological difficulties.

Why Are The Psychological Effects Of A Serious Injury?

Whilst this may appear to be a simple question, understanding the reasons why there is a psychological impact on those who have lived through an event that has led to a serious injury can go a long way in helping to find the correct treatment.

It is possible that a new disability can mean:

  • A questioning of life values
  • A change of a role in the family
  • Getting used to the involvement of healthcare professionals
  • Dealing with a change in other people's perception of you
  • Loss or reduction of earnings or income

Depression After A Serious Injury

Depression is a prolonged period of feeling sad, moody or low. Whilst everyone has these feelings sometimes, if you are suffering from depression, it is likely that these feelings have been around for a few weeks or possibly months.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in what may have previously been an enjoyable activity
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence
  • Increase in alcohol and drug intake
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Trouble getting to sleep
  • Feeling worthless and helpless
  • Increase in irritability
  • Feelings of unhappiness and/or frustration most of the time
  • Suicidal thoughts

Anxiety Caused By A Serious Injury

Much like depression, the symptoms of anxiety are felt by most people on occasion. The difference comes in the regularity of those feelings. If stress and worry make daily life a difficulty, then anxiety is likely to be the cause.

Common symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Quick heartbeat
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Worries that seem to snowball
  • Ruminating (repetitively going over the same thoughts)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is usually the result of terrifying or life-threatening events. PTSD is common after incidents such as a car accident, a fall or assault.

The signs of PTSD include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vivid nightmares
  • A constant searching for signs of danger
  • Irritability
  • Avoiding certain activities, places or people that are reminders of the event
  • Lack of concentration
  • Detachment from family and friends
  • Emotional numbness

After a traumatic event like a serious injury that has left someone with a disability, it would be very normal to feel low and upset. However, if these feelings affect an ability to do enjoyable activities, or to socialise, it is important to seek help and remember that you are not alone.

How Can A Serious Injury Claim Help?

The time following a serious injury can be extremely stressful. It is important to focus on recovery and gaining a good quality of life. It is possible to receive treatments for free via the NHS but it may involve long wait times. Through a Serious Injury Claim, it is possible to pay privately for your healthcare, ensuring you receive specialist care, swiftly.

Money received through a claim can also be used to help you cope with any new disability that you may have after an injury. By having the right equipment available, you can look towards a more independent and therefore happier future.

It is possible to claim for any loss of earnings that may have been incurred for you or family members who have cared for you in the aftermath of the accident.

Money is one of the main causes of anxiety and depression. Through a Serious Injury Claim, you could provide you and your family with the financial security needed in the period of time after a traumatic event.

How Can Simpson Millar Help With Your Serious Injury Claim?

Simpson Millar has many years of experience dealing with Serious Injury Claims. Our specialist Personal Injury lawyers will begin the process by visiting you in person. At this point, they will assess your claim and inform you of future actions needed to take your case forward.

Get in touch today to start the process, either by calling on our freephone number or through our online enquiry form.

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