Psychological trauma
from a road accident

Have you suffered psychological trauma from a road accident?

The majority of road accident injury claims are for physical trauma, injuries and impairments; however, it is also possible to claim for psychological trauma.

At Maurice Blackburn, we understand the significant impact that psychological trauma can have on you and your loved ones. That's why we'll work to get you the compensation you deserve, whether the injuries arising from your road accident are physical, psychological or both.

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Our highly experienced road accident compensation lawyers understand every aspect of road accident law across Australia. We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don't have to pay for our legal services if we don’t win.

We have lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Maurice Blackburn for my psychological trauma road accident claim?

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is committed to being Australia’s leading road accident injury law firm. We have exceptional expertise in this area of law, a strong history of successful cases and a full suite of legal services we can draw upon to help you in any circumstance.

We understand that injuries sustained in road accidents can be more than just physical, and that the psychological damage resulting from them can have life-changing consequences. It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible.

Contact us today to book a free consultation and find out how we can help you.

What is psychological trauma caused by a road accident?

Psychological trauma includes conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. While symptoms vary based on the individual and the nature of their accident, the effects of psychological trauma can include flashbacks, habitual sleeplessness, nightmares, agoraphobia, heightened stress and anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts—in addition to having negative effects on one's mood, motivation, appetite, and general wellbeing.

If you're suffering from psychological trauma resulting from a road accident, contact us today to speak with an expert road accident injury lawyer. We'll work to get you the help you need, so that you can get well as soon as possible.

Are my psychological trauma road accident rights the same everywhere in Australia?

No—the laws regarding road accident injury compensation differ according to the state or territory in which your car is registered, and depending on where the accident occurred. Our road accident compensation lawyers can provide you with expert advice for all states and territories, and can help you decide on the best course of action regarding where to make your claim.

We can quickly sort out which laws are relevant to you and what your rights are, so that you can submit your claim with confidence.

How do I make a claim for psychological trauma caused by a road accident?

Regardless of the severity of the accident and injury, your first step will always be to lodge a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:

  • making a report to the police (if you haven’t done this yet, we can do it for you)
  • filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault
  • having a medical doctor provide you with a special medical certificate to include with your claim (it’s best if this is done by your regular doctor).

Will I need to be psychologically evaluated?

Yes— to qualify for psychological trauma compensation you will be reviewed by a mental health care professional—typically a psychologist or psychiatrist—to determine the severity of your psychological damage.

The success of your claim will depend on the degree to which you are considered traumatised and the extent to which you will be able to recover through treatment.

We can guide you through all these steps and make sure you're aware of any complexities that may arise during the process. Contact us today for more information, or for assistance with making a claim.

Will I have to go to court?

The possibility of having to go to court can be daunting for anyone. Fortunately, in the great majority of cases there’s no need to; many compensation claims are resolved through negotiation alone. Even if your case does need to go to court, we will keep you up to date and informed throughout the process, and will ensure that you both understand and agree with every step taken on your behalf.

How long will my road accident psychological trauma claim take?

Psychological trauma compensation claims are complicated legal cases. It is critical to the claims process that your psychological trauma has stabilised before your legal team can accurately assess the impact your trauma will have on your life now and in the future.

It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible following a psychological trauma claim to ensure compliance with strict time limits in the claims process.

Are there time limits for making a road accident psychological trauma claim?

Yes – strict time limits apply to when you can make a compensation claim for psychological trauma acquired from a car accident and they are different in every Australian state and territory.

No matter where your accident occurred, we strongly advise you talk to our car accident injury compensation experts as soon as possible to make sure your claim is made in a timely manner.

What can I claim for with my road accident psychological trauma claim?

Like many areas of personal injury law the compensation and benefits you are likely to receive vary greatly depending on the seriousness of your psychological trauma and the law under which you're covered.

After medical, hospital and rehabilitation costs, generally you can claim compensation for:

  • nursing and disability services
  • loss of amenity
  • loss of wages and superannuation
  • travel to and from medical appointments
  • costs associated with retraining for your job
  • legal costs associated with your claim.

How do I make a claim for psychological trauma caused by a road accident?

Regardless of the severity of the psychological damage acquired from a road accident your first step will usually be to lodge a compensation claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:

  • making a report to the police (if you haven’t done this yet, we can do it for you)
  • filling out and submitting a claim form. Depending on the State you are in, this could involve filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.
  • having a medical doctor provide you with a special medical certificate t include with your claim (its best if this is done by your regular doctor).

We can guide you through all these steps and make sure you’re aware of any complexities that may arise during the process. Contact us today for more information, or for assistance with making a claim.

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