An impaired mental health may have a horrid effect on your wellbeing. It may hinder your ability to carry out basic everyday tasks.

To avoid future damage, it is important to make a claim.

For your better understanding, I have compiled this complete guide. It has all the necessary details you need to know about making a mental health compensation claim.

What qualifies as a mental health injury?

Mental health injury falls under the category of psychological injuries

It is the psychological and emotional well being of an individual. The state of your mental health is assessed by your ability to analyse situations, rationally.

Stress of anxiety could deteriorate your mental health. This could be a result of a traumatic event.

You may be able to apply for an accommodation through a personal injury solicitor.

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How much payout will I receive for psychological stress?

In case you experience psychological stress, your payout may range between £39,000 to £83,000.

However, if the psychological injuries hinder your ability to work, your payout may increase.

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The compensation calculation could be divided into two parts:

  1. General damages:

 Expense required for pain and suffering

  1. Special damages:

 Expenses incurred on treatment, traveling, and medication etc.

To begin the process, you need to get a diagnosis by a reputable psychiatrist. This will help identify the severity of your injury.

Then, you are required to hire a personal injury solicitor through a regulation authority. 

You may be asked to explain how the injury occurred.

If the stress was caused at work, you need to provide documentation of your work environment. Moreover, you need to provide evidence that the injury was caused due to the type of work you assigned to you.

However, if the mental health injury was a result of negligence, you need to provide complete documentation of the procedures.

In case, your mental health deteriorated after an accident, you need to prove that the accident was not your fault.

Your solicitor claims compensation for you after analysing your case.

What type of mental health issue can I claim for?

There are a number of compensation claims you may be entitled to.

These include:

  • Anxiety 
  • Stress
  • Brain injury
  • Psychological stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Medical negligence
  • Phobias
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of IQ
  • Psychosis
  • Epilepsy 
  • Seizures

How will a mental health compensation claim help?

There are a number of benefits you may be able to receive through a compensation claim.

These include accommodations for:

  • Personal injury: any type of physical damage
  • Loss of income: in case you have lost your job
  • Therapy: this includes counselling and psychiatric treatment
  • Travelling allowance: expense incurred during traveling
  • Loss of earning: expense incurred on medication and treatment
  • Ongoing symptoms: in case you require long term treatment
  • Pain and suffering: for long term psychological damage
  • Medical negligence: in case your injury was caused by a third party such as a doctor
  • Personal care: in case you require full time assistance 
  • Rehabilitation: counselling and therapy

When can I make the mental health claim?

You are required to apply within 3 years of your mental health injury.

However, you may receive an extension depending on the severity of your experience.

What is the average payout for post traumatic stress disorder?

Your payout may vary based on your symptoms.

For minor symptoms your payout may range between £3,000 to £6,800.

In case of moderate symptoms, your estimated payout may range between £6,200 to £50,000.

However, your payout may range between £45,500 to £84,000 for severe symptoms.

How much can I claim for mental trauma?

You may receive a claim between £13,000 to £39,000 for moderate mental trauma. 

Can I make a claim for long term mental trauma?

Your estimated claim may range between £4200 to £13,000 for on going symptoms.

However, if you are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, your accommodation may increase.

How much accommodation can I get for brain damage?

If your mental health injury results in brain damage, you may receive an accommodation.

For minor symptoms, your accommodation may range between £2,070 to £11,980.

In case of moderate symptoms, your accommodation may range between £14,380 to £40,410. However, the amount may go up to £205,580 for a more severe case.

However, if your injury has resulted in severe damage, your accommodation may range between £264,650 to £379,100.

How much compensation will I get for chronic pain?

Your mental illness may cause chronic pain.

In case you experience severe symptoms, your payout may range between £49,270 to £78,840.

However, for moderate symptoms your payout may range between £26,300 to £49,270.

How much compensation can I get for epilepsy?

You might experience epilepsy as a result of mental stress. 

For minor symptoms, your payout may range between £9,990 to £24,680.

However, for Petit Mal your payout may range between £51,460 to £123,340.

In case of severe symptoms resulting in Grand Mal, your payout may range between £95,710 to £140,870.

How much payout will I get for psychiatric stress?

For minor symptoms your amount may range between £1,170 to £4,900. 

In case of moderate symptoms, your payout may go up to £45,850.

However, for severe symptoms, your payout may range between £41,600 to £97,000.

How much payout can I get for minor mental health issues?

For minor symptoms your payout may range between £1000 to £4200.

Can I make a claim for mental health after medical negligence?

Yes, you could receive a claim in this case.

Medical negligence could lead to a number of mental health problems. 

These include:

  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Insomnia 
  • Panic attack
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress

Your condition must be diagnosed by a certified psychiatrist to get a claim. 

If your mental health is deteriorating due to medical negligence, your estimated amount may increase.

What is the average payout for psychological trauma?

The estimated payout may depend on the severity.

For minor symptoms with no long term effect, the payout may range between £1,000 to £1,200.

If your injury leads to adverse effects on your daily life, your payout may range between £4,000 to £13,000.

However, mental trauma leading to severe psychiatric injuries could increase your payout. In this case, your estimated amount may range between £36,000 to £83,000.

Furthermore, if your trauma leads to PTSD, your claim may go up to £100,000.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I claim compensation for anxiety?

You could claim for anxiety through personal injury compensation.

However, you need to get a medical diagnosis by a certified doctor before making a claim.

What amount of compensation will I receive for a car accident?

You may receive a compensation ranging between £4,000 to £13,000.

Can I make a claim for a soft tissue injury?

You may receive a claim for a soft tissue injury. 

However, you need to prove the soft tissue injury through an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.

Will I get an accommodation for stress at work?

Yes, you may be able to apply for stress caused at work. 

However, you need to prove that your mental health has been impacted. Moreover, you need to provide documentation about your workplace.

How much time will it take to receive a compensation offer in the UK?

On average it may take 14 to 28 days to receive your compensation.

However, it may vary depending on your individual case.

Can I claim compensation for stress?

You can apply through personal injuries to get an accommodation. 

However, a medical diagnosis has to be made before applying.

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To conclude

Applying for a mental health accommodation is not as difficult as you think.

Read this guide carefully to understand how much accommodation you may be entitled to. 

However, we understand that the payouts may vary based on individual cases. You may want to get in touch with your solicitor for further information.

Feel free to contact us for more information.

About the author

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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