Can I claim for psychological trauma after a motorcycle accident?

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Apart from a high likelihood of suffering serious physical injuries, anyone in a motorcycle accident faces the prospect of suffering from post-accident stress or psychological trauma – commonly known as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In many circumstances, the time taken for a person to recover from psychological injuries can be far longer than the process of recovering from physical injuries.

A surprising amount of people injured in what are often traumatic and upsetting accidents have no idea that they can claim psychological damages as part of their personal injury claim.

Getting medical diagnosis

One of the problems that many personal injury claimants face is that they suffer in silence. Whether it’s the ‘stiff upper lip’ of the British that means that we don’t tell our doctors of our problems – particularly those relating to psychological injuries – or the perceived stigma that can accompany certain mental health issues, it is a problem that needs addressing. Without proper diagnosis of an injury, it is very hard to then add the extent of an undiagnosed injury to a personal injury claim. Therefore, it is vital that any person suffering with psychological trauma after an accident sees their GP and asks for a referral to a specialist.

This is all part of ensuring that you properly report and record your accident. Any claimant must prove to a 3rd party insurer just as to how badly any injuries that they have sustained have affected their life. By ensuring that all injuries – including those that can’t be seen, such as psychological trauma – are reported to the medical profession and that treatment is received, it is then possible to maximise the value of any settlement awarded to you as the 3rd party will not be able to dispute the medical evidence that supports your claim.

The kind of psychological trauma that victims of motorcycle accidents suffer can vary greatly and come in many different forms. Some ex-motorcyclists will struggle to get back on their bike and may well give up riding and use other forms of transport. Some with more severe problems may struggle to walk near moving vehicles and therefore have great difficulty living a normal life. Regardless of the severity of any PTSD issues, all people wishing to make a claim for personal injury compensation should see their medical professional and make sure that the injuries caused in their accident are on record.

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