Calculating Compensation For Mental Health Effects
* General Psychiatric Damage: £1,000 – £76,000
This bracket is obviously broad in order to account for the wide range of conditions it covers and the varying severity of the damage caused. General psychiatric compensation is typically broken down into four sub-categories: minor, moderate, moderately severe, and severe.
Factors considered by the court in psychiatric cases include:
- The ability of the sufferer to live and work
- Negative effects on personal relationships
- Prospects for future treatment of the injury
- Increased vulnerability to other injuries in the future
- The extent of medical treatment and assistance sought
- The prognosis provided by medical professionals
* Relationship of the injury to sexual or physical abuse, and the extent to which breach of trust played a role in the injury. Courts will consider the victim’s relationship to his or her abuser, where applicable; the nature of the abuse; the duration of the abuse; and the symptoms caused.
Opinions vary widely on what level of compensation is appropriate for psychological injuries. If you need detailed and specific guidance regarding a claim for psychiatric injuries, reach out to our personal injury experts today.