If you have been injured in the last three years, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. The amount you are able to claim depends on the type and severity of your injury. Personal Injury Claims Aberdeen can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Our compensation guide outlines the levels of compensation for some of the most common types of injury.
Compensation For Psychiatric Injury
Not all injuries which deserve compensation are physical. Many injuries are suffered only in the mind and while these are hard to detect, they can have a devastating impact on the sufferer and those around them. These types of injury may not be readily apparent and may take years to manifest. Nonetheless the law is increasingly sensitive to these types of injury and ready to award compensation to those suffering from psychiatric/mental injuries, whether there is physical damage or not.
General Psychiatric Damage
£1000 – £76,000
There is obviously wide scope in terms of this type of damage. Compensation can vary wildly depending on a number of factors. The law breaks compensation for general psychiatric injuries down into 4 main categories: severe, moderately severe, moderate and minor.
The court will take into account the following factors:
- The injured persons ability to live and work
- The effect on their personal relationships
- The potential success or otherwise of treatment
- Future vulnerability to, for example, further injury.
- The medical prognosis
- The extent to which medical help has been sought.
- Whether the injury results from sexual or physical abuse and whether or not it resulted from a breach of trust. If this is the case, the court will also consider the relationship between the victim and the abuser, the nature of the abuse, the symptoms it has caused and the duration of the abuse.
Clearly there is scope for huge difference of opinion on the appropriate level of compensation. Contact our personal injury experts to day for more precise guidance on your personal injury claim for psychiatric injury.
Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
PTSD is legally defined as a symptomatic response to psychologically distressing event which causes “intense fear, helplessness and horror”. These symptoms include, effects on breathing, pulse, bowel/bladder control, the re-experience of the event, anger issues, difficulty in sleeping and concentrating and being easily startled.
£40,000 – £66,000
In these cases, the sufferer will be prevented from returning to anywhere near their pre-trauma level. Every aspect of their life is affected.
£15,250 – £40,000
Here, there is more scope for recovery than above, and a better medical outlook. There will however be significant disability for the foreseeable future.
Moderate – Minor
£2,600 – £15,250
In these cases, there is normally complete/almost complete recovery and there will be no normally be a continuing disabling effect.
Compensation can also be awarded for chronic pain conditions. If you have suffered an injury which has caused, exacerbated or caused a recurrence of a chronic pain condition, you may be entitled to compensation.
Compensation for Chronic Pain Syndrome
Awards for chronic pain syndrome vary from £7,000 to £42,000 depending on the severity.
Compensation for Fibromyalgia
£22,350 – £43,000
Compensation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In the region of £32,750
Compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome)
£16,700 – £66,000
Compensation for somatoform disorder
In the region of £30,000
Psychiatric Injury Lawyers Aberdeen
If you or a loved one has suffered the injuries described above, and someone else is to blame, contact us today.
Call us on 01224 980 625. Alternatively, you can contact us online to find out more information.
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