Cyclists After A Bike Accident: Psychiatric Injury – PTSD, Depression and Claim For Compensation (2021)

Psychiatric Injury

An accident can leave a lasting effect on someone’s mental wellbeing. A serious road accident can cause severe distress, and months or years of physical recovery can cause long-term disruption to someone’s life.

A number of conditions can develop in the immediate or long-term effects of an accident.

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In the immediate moments leading up to and following a serious road collision, someone is likely to suffer intense distress or fear for their safety. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop from an event that causes intense distress or fear.

The symptoms can develop immediately after the accident or can develop months or years later. Someone with PTSD will often involuntarily re-experience the accident in nightmares, flashbacks, or through images and sensations. They may also experience difficulties with sleeping and concentration. A number of emotional symptoms of PTSD include strong feelings of guilt, isolation, avoidance, and anxiety.

It is possible for PTSD to persist years after someone has made a physical recovery from an accident, so it is important to seek treatment as a separate condition. We can usually arrange treatment at no cost to you.

PTSD can have a long-term impact on your life following an accident. It can disrupt your day-to-day activities and your ability to work. You need to spend time to understand how PSTD may have affected you after your accident and get support with your treatment throughout your claim.


Long-term recovery from injuries can also lead to emotional symptoms such as depression or anxiety. If someone is unable to work, unable to move, or in persistent pain, this may have an impact on long-term mental wellbeing.

Depression is a serious condition and affects people in many different ways. You may only experience a lasting feeling of sadness or hopelessness, yet depression can make someone feel suicidal in very severe cases.

Depression can be onset by a life-changing event such as a serious accident or bereavement. While it is normal to have feelings of distress and anxiety after a serious event, if these feelings last for weeks or even months you may be showing signs of depression. Many people avoid seeking help for depression, but it is recommended to get advice as soon as possible.

Treatments for depression will vary depending on the type of depression you have. Your GP may recommend a combination of talking treatments, medication, and positive changes to your diet or lifestyle.

If you think you may have experienced clinical depression as a result of your injuries, please make sure you have the support and treatment you need.

Making A Claim For Compensation

It can be difficult to come to terms with symptoms that appear to have no physical cause. Bike accident specialist solicitors have a wealth of experience with PTSD, depression, and other mental health conditions, and will make sure to represent these conditions as serious factors in any claim. Here are the key areas to understand

  • How to claim compensation for your inquiry.
  • Claiming for consultation, therapy, or other treatment.
  • Recovering your financial losses as a result of your condition. This includes loss of earnings from being unable to work, insurance policy excess, travelling expenses, and any other income you have lost as a direct result of your accident.

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