If you are involved in an accident, Australian law typically provides a set time period from the date the injury occurred in which you can make a compensation claim. These limits can vary from State to State so you should seek legal advice. A lawyer will be able to help you claim the compensation to which you are entitled. However, many people are under the impression that they can only claim for physical injuries. This is not the case; you can also claim for psychological injuries which arise as a result of an accident. However, it can be harder to prove that psychological injuries have occurred and to what extent they have impacted your life. Below is a guide to 3 ways you can build a compensation case for psychological injuries.
Details of any medications which have been prescribed
Psychological injuries will often manifest themselves in a way which requires treatment with prescription medication. After suffering psychological trauma, you may be prescribed medication to help you to deal with panic attacks, insomnia, suicidal thoughts or panic attacks. These medications will probably include sedatives and anti-depressants. You should keep a careful record of the type and dosage of medicines which you have been prescribed as this will help to establish the extent of your psychological injury.
Keep a journal describing your mental state
When you are feeling unwell, it can be difficult to keep track of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. For this reason, you should keep a daily journal which details your experiences and the highs and lows of your mental life after the accident. Doing so can help you to explain and demonstrate how the accident has impacted your life.
Medical reports from your psychiatrist
The lawyer defending the person or company you are claiming against may try to attribute your psychological distress to other events which occurred in your life aside from the accident you were involved in. For this reason, it is important that you seek medical help as soon as you begin to experience psychological problems. It is worth while making sure you have several appointments with a psychiatrist who will be able to assess your mental health, prescribe medication and write medical reports. These medical reports will form the backbone of any compensation claim as they will create a clear time line of events and will show how your symptoms have progressed.
If you would like further advice about claiming for a psychological injury, you should contact a compensation lawyer today.