Not all injuries are found on the physical body. Sometimes things happen that can impact mental function and wellbeing. While the effects may be different than when someone loses a leg or an eye, it is still just as significant and can completely change the way you or a loved one lives and works. Can you receive compensation for a psychiatric injury?
Psychiatric Injury & Negligence
The answer is: yes, you can receive compensation for a psychiatric injury. In order to do so, you must prove that negligence was involved. That means that the person who is at fault caused your injury through omission or a wrongful act. The level of compensation will vary from case to case, but you may be eligible if the incident was caused by another’s negligence.
Most people know that personal injury refers to physical damage done to the body. While that is something you can submit a claim for, it isn’t the only definition of personal injury. The term also includes psychological and psychiatric injuries. The terms were included in the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 dictionary, which is used as a reference when seeking some forms of personal injury compensation.
In some cases, the psychiatric injury may be the main problem however in other cases it could be a secondary issue brought on by physical trauma or by witnessing a catastrophic event. You will be required to obtain a diagnosis from a medical professional in order to claim compensation.
Different Types of Psychiatric Injuries
The psychiatric umbrella covers a wide range of disorders, and within those disorders are different levels of injury. For example, two people who develop anxiety after an accident may experience it differently or with a different level of severity. These are all factors that should be examined by a medical professional to provide a recommendation for treatment. What type of psychiatric injuries could you receive compensation for?
If you experience depression after an injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Depression is described as irritability, sadness, and feelings of emptiness. You may also notice changes in your cognitive ability that can impact your ability to function on a day to day basis.
Anxiety is another common mental health condition that can be brought on after an injury or traumatic incident. This is described as feelings of excessive fear. It may be triggered by a real or perceived threat and can make it difficult to work and live as you did before the accident. There may be physical symptoms of anxiety as well, including muscle tension.
- Trauma & Stressor Disorders
This category of mental disorder can be caused by exposure to stressful or traumatic events. This diagnosis may be made when displaying signs of fear and anxiety as well as difficulty speaking, a lack of joy, aggression, and anger. There may also be feelings of detachment and disconnection.
Is Stress Considered a Psychiatric Injury?
Everyone feels stress at some point in their lives. If you experience stress due to pressure at work, or temporary feelings after an accident, then you most likely will not receive compensation for this condition. However, if you experience symptoms due to prolonged exposure to a stressful situation, you may be eligible. A medical professional will have to make a diagnosis to prove your claim.