Advances in Compensation Claims for Mental Health


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By Crispin Bateman

on Wednesday 16 January 2019


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Fifty years ago, the idea of being diagnosed with a mental health condition would have been unthinkable – either the stigmatism of doing so would have had the victim hiding away, unwilling to share their innermost thoughts with anyone, even those close, or a pure fear that even admitting to depression would have them committed to an underfunded and somewhat barbaric institution.

It would have seemed a long way from the open caring of the 21st century and the understanding that mental health injuries are every bit as valid as physical damage and just as deserving of help, both social and financial.

Making a compensation claim for mental health

At Accident Line Direct, we understand that being involved in an accident can cause psychological anguish every bit as much as it can with a physical injury.

We have dealt with road traffic accident claims, where the victims were affected with life-changing, post-traumatic stress disorder that lasted long after their physical fractures and tissue damage were healed, and we have seen incidents in the workplace that have led to more time away from work due to depression than a simple broken hand would have signalled.

The UK legal system provides support for those suffering from any mental trauma and a strong compensation claim can be built against those who are responsible for that suffering, providing the financial aid required to get top-quality therapy and make any adjustments to life that are needed.

A national change in attitude

The past two decades have been instrumental in bringing change to the way we, as a society, view mental health issues.

The National Service Framework for Mental Health that was introduced just before the turn of the century paved the way for improved initiatives in subsequent years, with a similar framework focussing on children coming through five years later and the government of 2011 publishing a comprehensive mental health strategy that was welcomed throughout the medical profession.

All these nationwide initiatives have been helped through the improvements in social media and communication that have given a voice to the many sufferers of mental health issues in the UK today.

Moving into 2019

Unfortunately, the statistics still show that many people suffer from debilitating mental health issues today, many of which are caused by situations out of their control.

Long term abuse or neglect is an all-too common situation which can lead to anxiety and depression and even PTSD in children, especially those in their teenage years. Fortunately, government-led schemes such as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme run by CICA can help provide financial compensation to those who have been affected.

Being the victim of an assault is another factor where help can be obtained by CICA. The fear and trauma endured from a violent crime is often understandably too much for many people to deal with and can cause them to become withdrawn, affecting their work and social lives. It is only right that they receive financial recompense to help them get the help they need to return to their former selves.

At Accident Line Direct, we believe that everyone has the right to top-quality legal support, and that it is especially important for those who are suffering from a psychological issue that has been brought on through the fault of another.

If you are a victim of an incident that has led to a mental health issue, or if you know someone who has, we are just a phone call away. Our compassionate advisors can help you begin the process that leads to the financial compensation you are legally entitled to.

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