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Trauma Injury Compensation

Am I entitled to trauma injury compensation if I have not suffered serious physical injuries in a car accident? Since the accident, I have not been able to sleep without medication, and I am no longer able to drive without experiencing deep anxiety.

Question:

Am I entitled to trauma injury compensation if I have not suffered serious physical injuries in a car accident? Since the accident, I have not been able to sleep without medication, and I am no longer able to drive without experiencing deep anxiety.

Answer:

You may have a viable trauma injury compensation claim if your accident – and subsequent trauma injury – was due to negligence of the other driver. In legal terms, you are just as entitled to compensation for serious psychological distress as someone who has suffered physical injuries, since the effects of trauma are known to have a debilitating effect.

Prior to pursuing a claim for trauma injury compensation, you should have ideally observed the following procedures. First, you should have gone to hospital after your accident to check for signs of injuries that may not have been immediately apparent – even if you felt your injuries were minor at the time. As you mention you are now taking medication for your sleeping difficulties, you have presumably seen a doctor or psychologist who should help support your claim for trauma injury compensation.

Following the accident, you should have also exchanged contact and insurance information with the other driver and, if the police did not come to the scene, you should be sure to report the accident to them as soon as possible. In addition, having witness contact information and photographs of the accident scene will add more weight to your claim for trauma injury compensation.

To s establish that you have viable trauma injury compensation claim, you are encouraged to speak with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible about the circumstances of your accident. This should be done well before the usual three years time limit for pursuing an injury claim expires as a psychological trauma injury compensation claim will require medical evidence to substantiate it.