The Unseen Effects Of A Personal Injury

July 21st, 2016 by

One of the issues that many people fail to take into account in personal injury cases is the long term psychological effects that an accident can have on the person affected. While physical injuries can be directly treated, the trauma of being involved in a serious accident is often just as difficult to get past and must be considered when making a judgement revolving around a personal injury claim. All of the following are potentially unseen effects of a personal injury that can nevertheless have a marked effect on the victim’s life.

Travel Anxiety

If a person has been involved in a car accident it is possible that they may experience some degree of trepidation before they head out on the road again. For some, this can develop into a full-blown fear of driving or even being the passenger in a vehicle. Needless to say, this will place great restrictions on the victim, often preventing them from commuting for work or simply enjoying many of the things that people do that require travelling on the roads. This issue can affect those who never suffered from travel anxiety in the past and is often not recognizable to other people at first.

Depression

It is difficult to determine what causes depression, as everybody is different and the condition is still the subject of research by many specialists all around the world. However, it is fairly commonly accepted that life trauma plays a role in the development of depression in many cases. An accident that has resulted in a personal injury, particularly one that has a substantial effect on the quality of life of the victim, can be a trigger for depression and may result in the victim suffering from suicidal thoughts and other psychological issues if it is left unchecked. Many will try to cover up the fact that they feel depressed or may feel uncomfortable confronting a mindset that they are unfamiliar with, which means it often goes undetected for quite a while after the accident.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that results in continued mental and emotional distress that occurs as the result of suffering a severe injury or psychological shock. In the case of personal injuries, both of these conditions may be fulfilled, making the victims prone to suffering from this condition. PTSD manifests in a variety of ways. Some sufferers will experience vivid flashbacks of the accident, causing emotional distress while also contributing to both depression and travel anxiety in some cases. Others may find that their responses to the world around them are dulled and that they struggle to maintain a healthy sleep pattern, which can lead to even more stress.

If you have been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault and require legal representation that also places a large amount of focus on aftercare, then contact Fadiga & Co today on 020 8672 8779. They will arrange a consultation where you can discuss your case and begin working on your recovery from both the physical and psychological effects of your personal injury.

Things To Keep In Mind When Hiring A Personal Injury Solicitor

July 19th, 2016 by

Suffering from a personal injury that was caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault can be a devastating experience and will often have far-reaching consequences that stretch beyond the initial injury. In order to be in the best position to claim compensation for the injury, you need to work with a solicitor who has experience in the field and is able to create a compelling case based on the evidence that is available to them. With so many options available, it can often be difficult to select the right personal injury solicitor for you, so keep all of the following in mind when making your choice.

Are They A Specialist?
Ideally you will want to work with a solicitor who specialises in the area of personal injury, as this means that they will already have a process in place to help everything move along as smoothly as possible. Furthermore, a specialist will also understand the emotional issues that are attached to such cases and will often be more sensitive of them, allowing them to offer a more complete service to their clients.

Their Experience
Ideally you will want to work with a personal injury solicitor who has plenty of experience and is able to demonstrate to you that they are capable of winning cases, particularly if they end up being taken to a court of law. Ask about their previous history and ask them to place particular focus on cases that are similar to yours when they talk to you about cases they have handled in the past. This will allow you to get a better idea of the processes they have in place and whether or not they are actually qualified to take on your case.

What Resources Do They Have?
Beyond helping you with the intricacies of your legal case, a personal injury solicitor must also have access to a number of different resources so that they can build the strongest body of evidence while also ensuring their client gets the help that they need. This should include access to doctors and other professionals who can provide an expert opinion on the case, as their opinion will often prove to be vital in cases that are contested in a court of law. Ask your chose solicitor about these resources and how they will go about gathering evidence to prove your claim is legitimate.

Consider Their Commitment Level
Your solicitor should be completely committed to your case and will offer you an honest opinion about your chances of actually claiming the compensation that you feel that you deserve. A high-quality personal injury solicitor will often refuse to take on cases that have no merit, so if they have elected to work with you that indicates they are committed to the case. However, you should still make an effort to establish how much attention the solicitor will place on your case, if they are working on other cases at the same time and how they are going to communicate with you throughout the process.