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Psychological Injuries

Tamyka Gallagher
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26 July 2022

You don’t have to be in pain to be suffering

As compensation lawyers, we are regularly dealing with clients who have not only suffered a physical injury, but a psychological injury as well. It is also common for us to receive enquiries from injured people who may not have suffered any “bumps or bruises” but have been affected by an incident or accident and have suffered psychologically. The two injuries (physical or psychological) are not mutually exclusive.

Depending on the circumstances of the incident and what type of incident it was, i.e. workplace incident or motor vehicle accident for example, differing legislations or common law will help to determine whether or not you are able to obtain compensation for a psychological injury and what is involved.

For example, if you are in a motor vehicle accident and that accident was not your fault, you can claim compensation against the "at fault vehicle" and the CTP insurer of that vehicle for injuries that you suffered. This also includes psychological injuries.

If the CTP insurer admits liability for the accident, they may offer to assist with reasonable medical and rehabilitation treatment that is recommended by your general practitioner. This can include counselling.

Don't hesitate to seek advice

We often meet clients who have ongoing concerns about their mental health and the anxiety they are suffering following a motor vehicle accident. Getting the right treatment and professional support can help you manage your anxiety, especially when you feel ready to get behind the wheel again.

If you believe you are suffering a psychological injury, we strongly recommend you seek legal advice.  We encourage you to contact our office to obtain advice on your situation on 07 4963 2000 or through our online contact form below.