Psychological injuries such as anxiety and depression can be as debilitating as a physical injury, or even more so. They can affect not only the injured person, but also their friends and family.
Anxiety and depression are common secondary psychological injuries in those who are suffering from ongoing pain and disability which disrupts their everyday life. Take for example a person who is the sole breadwinner of the family, with a strong work ethic, who is injured in an accident and unable to work.
The person’s injury can result in financial strain and can affect their mood and the way they feel about themselves. This in turn can negatively impact upon their ability to interact with friends and family. This is the reality for many people who have suffered life changing injuries.
Other causes of psychological injury may include bullying or harassment in the workplace, or being required to work excessive hours.
In addition to anxiety and depression, other types of psychological injuries which are commonly suffered as a result of an accident or exposure to ongoing stressors include general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mood disorders, such as fear/phobia or adjustment disorder.
There are two different types of sufferers of psychological injury, as set out below.
- Primary victims – those who are suffering from psychological injury as a result of being directly involved in an accident, for example a worker who suffers a near death experience at work as a result of the negligence of another person
- Secondary victims – those who suffer psychological injury as a result of the death or serious injury of another person, particularly if the event that caused the death or serious injury is witnessed, for example the mother of a child who witnesses her child being killed in a road traffic accident
It is important that you seek early legal advice regarding your potential entitlements to compensation. A compensation lawyer from Stacks Law Firm can help you by explaining how the law operates in Queensland and what your potential entitlements may be.