Mental health compensation payout

Mental health compensation payout

For getting your life back on track

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and it’s had a impact on you, you might be able to claim compensation.

Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, panic attacks or (PTSD) - these issues can be an isolating and overwhelming experience. The consequences of a injury may lead to emotional turmoil, difficulties in daily functioning and questions about whether you can seek support. Mental health can affect every aspect of your life, from coping with emotional strain to navigating the complexities of medical care or loss of earnings.

Specialising in mental health compensation claims, Switalskis is here to guide you through the process of seeking rightful compensation. Our expert team is committed to offering you compassionate and clear advice, making sure you're kept in the loop at every stage but don’t feel overwhelmed.

Whether your mental health has been affected by workplace stress, negligence in care or any other incident that wasn’t your fault, we can support you. We take pride in simplifying the complex legal processes, making each phase of your injury claim understandable. With Switalskis by your side, you're not just getting legal representation - you're working with a team dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

To discuss your unique circumstances and learn more, call us today on 0800 138 0458 , or reach out to us via our website .

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

Mental health issues are complex. From workplace stress to personal injuries, the consequences can be profound and life-altering.

Some of the most common situations leading to mental health compensation claims include:

  • Work-related stress: excessive pressure and demands at work can lead to serious mental health conditions.
  • Negligence in care: failure to provide appropriate mental health care can worsen existing conditions or create new ones.
  • Abuse in care: neglect or abuse while in care resulting in mental health issues.
  • Trauma following an accident: incidents like road accidents or physical injuries can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety.
  • Bullying and harassment: persistent mistreatment, whether at work or elsewhere, can have severe mental health repercussions.
  • Witnessing a traumatic event: people who have witnessed a traumatic incident involving a loved one or other person may experience mental health issues.

Beyond the immediate emotional impact, mental health issues can affect all aspects of your life, from your ability to work to your relationships with others. The financial burden can also be significant, with therapy costs, medication and potential loss of earnings if you're unable to work. Making a compensation claim can help you to recover these costs and will be financial recompense for your suffering.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

What is a psychological injury?

A injury refers to any mental or emotional harm that happens as a result of a traumatic event, act of negligence or intentional misconduct. Unlike physical injuries, which are often visible and easily diagnosed, injuries can be more subtle but equally serious. They can affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, impacting your ability to function normally in daily life.

injuries can manifest in various forms, such as anxiety, depression, (PTSD), and emotional distress. These conditions can result from a range of situations, including workplace harassment, accidents, medical negligence, or witnessing a traumatic event.

It's important to note that injuries are not just “in your head”. They are real, diagnosable conditions that can have long-term, debilitating consequences on your wellbeing. Treatment often involves therapy, medication and ongoing support, which can be both time-consuming and costly.

At Switalskis, we understand the complexities of injuries and are committed to helping you navigate the legal process for claiming the compensation you deserve. We approach each case with empathy and expertise, making sure you get the support you need every step of the way.

Examples of psychological injuries

Though they may not be physically identifiable, injuries can be as debilitating as physical injuries, affecting your mental wellbeing and overall quality of life. That can make the process of making a claim more difficult. However, at Switalskis, we understand the complexities of injury claims and are here to guide you through the process. Here are some common examples of injuries for which you may be eligible to make a claim:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Often associated with traumatic events like accidents, assaults or military combat, PTSD can have a long-lasting impact on your mental health. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety.

Anxiety and depression

Workplace stress, bullying or even medical negligence can lead to severe anxiety and depression. These conditions can affect your ability to work, socialise and carry out daily activities.


An accident or traumatic event can sometimes result in the development of a specific phobia, such as a fear of driving after a car accident. These phobias can limit your ability to function normally in certain situations.

Making a mental health compensation claim

Making a compensation claim for mental health issues might seem like a daunting process, especially when you're already dealing with emotional distress. But with our expert team at Switalskis, the process is made more manageable. Here's a straightforward guide to help you understand the process:

Step 1: Initial consultation

When you call us, we'll discuss the details of your situation, assess the potential of your claim and outline the next steps you’ll need to take.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We'll begin by collecting evidence. This can include medical records, therapy notes, witness accounts and any relevant documents that can prove negligence or the cause of your injury.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we’ve gathered all the necessary evidence to make your claim as strong as possible, we'll forward your claim to the responsible party and their insurer. We’ll handle all communications to help you avoid dealing with unnecessary stress.

Step 4: Defendant response

The defendant insurer will assess the claim and confirm if they accept or dispute it. If the claim is accepted, we’ll then take appropriate evidential steps and negotiate for a suitable outcome.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If an agreeable settlement can’t be reached, your case may have to go to court. Our solicitors are experienced in handling personal injury cases in court and we’ll make sure that you’re prepared for any court appearances, where we’ll represent and support you.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Upon a successful claim, we'll make sure the compensation is paid to you to provide some financial relief as you work towards recovery.

What are the time limits for making a mental health compensation claim?

In most cases, you have three years from the date of the incident that caused or contributed to the mental health issue to start a claim. However, there are some exceptions:

  • Children: if you are claiming on behalf of a child, you’ll have until their 18th birthday to do so. After this, they’ll have until they turn 21 to make their own claim.
  • Mental capacity: for people who lack the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves, there might be no time limit at all.
  • Date of knowledge: if you became aware of the mental health issue and its cause at a later date, the time limit may begin from the point of discovery.
  • Criminal injury claims: if your mental health condition was the result of a crime, you’ll need to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). CICA claims have slightly different requirements to typical personal injury cases (e.g. claims must be made within two years) and we will discuss these with you.

It’s essential that you start your claim as soon as possible to make sure you have the best chances of success. Mental health claims can be complex, and early action helps in gathering evidence and building a strong case. Contact our team as soon as you feel ready, and we’ll help you to understand your options.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our mental health compensation specialists

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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Gillian WardSenior Associate Legal Executive
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What will mental health compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Compensation for mental health issues can support your recovery and relieve the financial burdens that you may be facing due to your injury. Personal injury compensation is divided into two categories:

  • General damages cover the actual injuries sustained and their effect. This includes emotional distress, anxiety, depression or any other psychological trauma that has impacted your daily life.
  • Special damages: cover any financial losses you’ve experienced due to your mental health condition, such as therapy expenses, loss of earnings, travel expenses associated with your care, and other care costs. Future losses will also be taken into consideration as part of your special damages.

The exact amount of compensation you’ll be awarded for a successful claim varies based on the severity of your mental health condition, the impact it has had on your life and specific financial losses.

How are mental health claims funded?

All of our personal injury claims operate on a no win, no fee basis. If your claim isn't successful, you won't have to pay legal fees, and you can expect there to be no upfront or surprise costs. If your claim is successful, your compensation award will include a contribution to your legal fees.

Making a mental health compensation claim with Switalskis is safe and straightforward. We understand the sensitivity of mental health issues, and we prioritise getting the best award for you. Our compassionate approach makes sure that you're supported every step of the way.

What to remember when making a mental health compensation claim

Navigating mental health challenges can be a complex and sensitive journey. If you're considering making a injury compensation claim, there are several steps you can take to support your case:

  • Seek professional help: consult with mental health professionals who can assess and document your condition. Their expert opinions can be vital evidence for your claim. However, seeking help is important regardless of pursuing a claim.
  • Keep a journal: documenting your daily experiences, feelings and the impact on your life can provide a personal insight into your mental health struggles. This can be a powerful tool in demonstrating the extent of your suffering.
  • Inform relevant parties: if your mental health issues have come from a specific incident or workplace environment, make sure that you've reported the situation to those in charge or the appropriate department. This can include employers, educational institutions or other responsible parties.
  • Gather supporting evidence: collect any relevant medical records, therapy notes or other documents that can back up your claim. This might include correspondence with employers or other parties involved.
  • Seek legal advice early: it's wise to consult with a solicitor who specialises in this area as soon as possible. Our team can guide you through the process with empathy and expertise.

A mental health compensation claim isn't just about securing financial support. It's about recognising the impact your situation has had on your life and making sure you have the resources to heal and move forward. With the right approach and guidance, you can navigate this journey with understanding and assurance.

Why Switalskis?

Making a claim can be a vital step towards healing and recovery, and our expert and compassionate solicitors will work on your behalf so you can focus on your wellbeing.

Clarity in complexity

Mental health compensation claims can seem daunting, but understanding them doesn't need to be. We’re committed to explaining any confusing legal jargon, making sure you are kept informed at every step.

Empathy at every step

Our team is invested in understanding your unique challenges. We listen to your concerns, respect your feelings and offer mindful advice for your specific situation. To us, you're not just a client; you're a person going through a personal struggle. We’re here to provide our unwavering support.

Expertise you can trust

When dealing with something as sensitive and significant as a mental health compensation claim, you need assurance that you're in trustworthy hands. Switalskis is proud to have decades of experience and a proven track record in handling mental health compensation claims.

We're dedicated to advocating for your rights and working towards the most favourable outcome for you. Many of our solicitors are recognised specialists in their field, accredited by the Law Society .

Championing your rights

Our team is motivated to make your voice heard. We'll guide you at each step of the mental health compensation claim process, making sure you're well-informed and feel confident to make the right decisions. Trust us to turn a challenging situation into a journey towards justice, understanding and recovery.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Experiencing mental health issues due to negligence or injury can leave you feeling vulnerable and uncertain about your future. With the right legal support, you can be confident that your needs are understood and your rights are protected.

Reach out to Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 , or get in touch with us via our website to discuss your concerns confidentially.

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