Many people injured by another’s negligence think that available compensation is limited to claims for physical injuries. The law in British Columbia is clear that compensation is also available for psychological injuries.
After an accident psychological injuries can manifest themselves as emotional symptoms. Such symptoms are often encompassed by problems such as depression, sleep difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality change and irritability. Psychological issues can also play a role in chronic pain conditions. Psychological injuries and chronic pain can commonly co-exist.
Such problems can have a significant impact on a person's enjoyment of life as well as their ability to earn income. Associated treatment can also prove costly.
If you have experienced an accident and have suffered psychological symptoms it is important to inform a doctor so that you can receive the appropriate medical care.
If another person's negligence has caused psychological symptoms it is also important to seek the advice of a lawyer. The Supreme Court of Canada has said that evidence from specialist medical legal experts is often an important part of proving an entitlement to compensation for such injuries. Assessing your injuries and securing the necessary medical legal evidence is a complex matter which a lawyer will undertake on your behalf.
At Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP we have a team of local lawyers experienced in personal injury law. Call us to set up your free consultation.