By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 15th November 2023. If you have suffered a psychological injury, whether this is PTSD after a car accident or stress and anxiety after an accident at work, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation for your psychological injuries.
In this guide, we will explain the specific eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to have a valid claim. Additionally, we will share examples of evidence that could be gathered to help support your case. We will also explore some of the benefits of making your claim with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
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While you might assume a PTSD claim calculator would give you more of an idea of the compensation you could receive for a psychological injury claim, it may not provide an accurate estimate.
As an alternative to a mental health compensation calculator for claims, you can see the table below. It uses guidelines compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document that legal professionals can use to help them value the head of claim that compensates for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. This is known as general damages.
We used the April 2022 release of this publication to populate the table.
|Type of injury||Severity of injury||Compensation amount||Notes|
|Psychiatric damage generally||Severe (a)||£54,830 to £115,730||Many cases include physical/sexual abuse or serious incident and there is a poor prognosis of recovery|
|Psychiatric damage generally||Moderately severe (b)||£19,070 to £54,830||Significant problems|
|Psychiatric damage generally||Moderate (c)||£5,860 to £19,070||Cases of work related stress, severe disrupted sleep and daily activities but with a prognosis of recovery|
|Psychiatric damage generally||Less severe (d)||£1,540 to £5,860||Disorders falling short of specific phobias, daily activities and sleep are affected|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Severe (a)||£59,860 to £100,670||All aspects of life affected, symptoms permanent effects which will prevent working or continuing with life at a level pre-incident|
|PTSD||Moderately severe (b)||£23,150 to £59,860||Where the injured party has a better prognosis as professional help could assist them. However, there would still have disabilities for the foreseeable future|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Moderate (c)||£8,180 to £23,150||Effects of the disorder likely to cause significant disability, possibility for recovery|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||Less severe (d)||£3,950 to £8,180||Virtually full recovery made over 1-2 years with only minimal symptoms persistence|
We should mention, however, that the amount you would receive would be specific to the facts and circumstances of your case. These figures are only guides.
Psychological Damage – Other Amounts You Could Claim
Our mental health compensation calculator does not take into account any special damages, a head of claim which offers compensation amounts for any financial losses or expenses caused directly by the psychological damage you suffered due to somebody else’s negligence.
Below are some examples of financial harm you might suffer due to a psychological injury:
- A loss of earnings – Evidence for this could include past or current wage slips.
- Prescription fees – Retain receipts as a way to prove this type of loss.
- Therapy costs – Invoices or bank statements could prove these costs.
If you have any questions about claiming compensation for emotional distress in the UK, please don’t hesitate to speak to our advisors. They are on hand 24/7 to answer any queries you may have about how to claim psychological damage compensation.
To be able to claim compensation for psychological injuries, specific eligibility criteria must be met.
Firstly, someone must have owed you a duty of care. They will have breached this duty of care, and their breach must have caused your injuries.
There are a variety of relevant third parties that owe you a duty of care that, if breached, could lead to you being able to claim for psychological injuries. These include:
- Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). They must take reasonable steps to prevent you from coming to avoidable harm because of your work or your workplace.
- Those in control of public premises, such as supermarkets, hotels and public parks, for example, are known as occupiers. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, occupiers have a duty of care towards members of the public using the premises for their intended purposes. They must take steps to make the place reasonably safe for use.
- Road users owe each other a duty of care not to use the roads in a manner that could cause harm to others or themselves. They must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and follow the rules and guidance in the Highway Code.
If one of these parties were to breach their duty of care, this could lead to you suffering a psychological injury, and you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Please contact an advisor if you have any questions or would like to check your eligibility to claim. Our advisors could answer questions such as ‘How much compensation do you get for a psychological injury in the UK?’ they can also give guidance on using a psychological injury compensation calculator and explain how long you might have to file a claim.
When seeking compensation for emotional distress in the UK, you might be interested in knowing how a damages calculator tool works. However, before we discuss what a mental health compensation calculator is, we want to define a psychological injury and the different types of mental health injuries you could claim compensation for.
Psychological injuries may include:
If you were involved in an accident caused by the negligent actions of a third party and suffered mental harm as a result, get in touch for free legal advice. Our advisors may connect you to our expert solicitors who could help you claim.
If you’re eligible to claim for psychological injuries due to a relevant third party’s negligence, you may be wondering what evidence you would need to support your claim.
The evidence you can provide would depend on the specifics of your case. Some examples of relevant evidence could include:
- CCTV footage or photographs of the accident that caused your psychological injury.
- Witness statements from those who saw the event that caused your injuries.
- Medical notes, including details of the mental health condition you’ve sought help for, and the treatment you’ve received.
- Documentation relating to any costs or losses you’ve suffered due to your psychological injury.
A solicitor could assist you in gathering relevant evidence to assist with your claim. They could also give you more insight into your potential payout than a mental health compensation calculator could.
To check whether you’d be eligible to claim with the help of one of our solicitors, you can contact an advisor. They could also discuss payouts in more detail than a stress compensation calculator can and could give you a personalised estimate of your compensation payout.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Psychological Injury Claim?
Under the Limitation Act 1980, you will face a time limit for when you can start a claim for your psychological injuries. This will generally be set at three years from the date of the incident that caused you mental harm.
A different time limit will apply to a psychological injury claim for a minor. The minor’s three-year time limit will only begin to apply when they turn 18. While they are still minors, a litigation friend can be appointed to act on their behalf to help them claim compensation for their psychological injury. If they do not seek compensation as minors, they must start their claim before the date of their 21st birthday.
A similar exception can be granted for a person who lacks the mental capacity to represent themselves. Their claim’s time limit will be indefinitely suspended. If they gain the capacity to represent themselves, they will have three years from this date to start their claim. Otherwise, a litigation friend can act on their behalf at any point.
You can reach out to a member of our team for direct information about your possible time limit, or to make any enquiries on starting an emotional distress claim in the UK.
Now that you have learned more about how an injury to feelings calculator works, and you have also found out about the eligibility criteria for personal injury claims, you might want to begin your own claim.
One of our solicitors could assist you if you are eligible to claim compensation for psychological injuries. They can give you a more personalised estimate of your compensation than a mental health compensation calculator could provide. They could also help gather evidence to support your claim and could negotiate compensation on your behalf.
Furthermore, one of our solicitors may offer to work on your case on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this arrangement, you will not need to pay your solicitor any service fees upfront or while your claim is ongoing. Additionally, you will not need to pay them for the work they have provided on your claim if it is unsuccessful.
Instead, they will take a success fee if your compensation claim is successful. This success fee is a legally limited percentage.
To check your eligibility to make a personal injury claim with one of our solicitors, or to ask us more about how a stress compensation calculator works, please contact an advisor. They can be reached by:
Thank you for reading our guide on how much compensation you can claim for psychological injury. We hope this has answered your questions about whether a psychological injuries compensation calculator could help you.