What are Psychological Injury Claims?
What are Psychological Injury Claims?
While many of us might assume a personal injury to be physical in nature, there are often situations where an injury can be emotional, mental, or psychological. Although these injuries might not be visible or obvious to others, they can have a significant and long-lasting impact on your livelihood.
In today’s post, Ristich Law explains what we mean by a psychological injury and how you can seek compensation with the support of a psychological injury lawyer.
Understanding Psychological Injuries
Just like any physical injury, you may experience a psychological injury anywhere, whether you are at home or at work. Psychological injuries typically happen after a traumatic event or come about slowly after being exposed to abuse or consistent stress.
Psychological injuries manifest in different ways according to the person’s individual health and well-being. However, they generally present symptoms that may be excessive or prevent a person from going about their daily lives, such as socializing, going to work, or running simple errands. These symptoms may include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty sleeping
- Personality changes
- A new phobia
Due to a lack of knowledge about psychological injuries, it is quite common for people to ignore their symptoms or use substances like drugs or alcohol as an attempt to treat it. If you believe you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important that consult your family physician or contact a mental health professional to help diagnose and support your recovery.
Examples of Psychological Injuries
Now that we know what a psychological injury is and how it can be caused, let us consider some examples:
- Car Accident – the sudden shock can be traumatic for many involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- Domestic Assault – being abused by a partner or parent at home can severely affect a person’s ability to feel at ease with others.
- Sexual Assault – being assaulted can leave victims feeling insecure, unsafe and violated.
- Denied Long Term Disability Benefits – the stress and mistreatment by insurance companies can aggravate a victim’s mental health.
- Medical Malpractice – experiencing a traumatic event and its outcomes such as a birth, spinal cord or brain injury can significantly affect mental health and cause depression.
- Workplace Harassment – being mistreated, bullied, or threatened can cause anxiety and depression.
If you suspect you have been a victim in any of these cases, remember you are not alone. Contacting your family physician or using any local mental health support services can help you find resolution after your psychological injury and introduce you to a support network. This may include help from social workers, community support networks or consultations with a psychologist.
Psychological Injury Claims
If you or a loved one has experienced a psychological injury through someone else’s negligence, you do not have to handle it alone. In fact, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your psychological injury.
Unfortunately, navigating a claim for a psychological injury can be complicated when done alone. Many insurance companies will try to prevent you from receiving compensation and there are many complex steps that can be difficult to fulfil when trying to care for your mental health at the same time.
Fortunately, a psychological injury lawyer can take that burden away from you. They will be able to guide you through the steps, handle any claim preparation and represent your claim on your behalf.
Your Psychological Injury Lawyer for Toronto
If you are in Toronto or the surrounding area and are looking for the compensation you deserve after a psychological injury, contact Ristich Law today. Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers have successfully gained rightful compensation for our clients that will allow them to start moving forward with their life after their trauma.
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