As part of the National Accident Helpline’s Make It Right campaign, the company conducted extensive research into the impact accidental injury can have on a person. It revealed that 72% of those who suffer an accidental injury, experience mental health problems.

Here, we’ll look at some of the key findings of the research and how mental health issues impact everyday life.

Exposing the true impact of accidental injury

The research has revealed the significant impact accidental injury can have on a person. Interviews were carried out with those who had experienced a personal injury, alongside healthcare professionals.

It was discovered that having an accident impacts every aspect of a person’s life. A massive 62% of those who suffered a personal injury, reported it affected their confidence. It was also revealed that 60% found it more difficult than they thought to return to their daily routine.

The Make it Right campaign aims to highlight the true extent accidental injury can have and the importance of making it right.

How does accidental injury impact mental health?

While the physical impact of accidental injury is widely recognised, the mental impact it can have can be even more damaging. Approximately 7 out of 10 people who experience a personal injury, claim it has impacted them mentally.

The most common mental health issues which arise as a result of accidental injury include tress, anxiety and sleep deprivation. Depression, nightmares and panic attacks are also key mental health issues which can be triggered after an accident.

Mental health issues experienced due to injury are typically referred to as psychological injury. In some cases, those impacted can also be diagnosed with PTSD. This is a more severe mental health issue which can cause a high level of distress and anxiety.

These are just some of the ways accidental injury can impact mental health and victims often find them much harder to deal with than the physical symptoms.

The impact on work

Worryingly, accidental injury can also have a real impact on work. This is caused by a variety of factors, including the mental health issues mentioned above. A huge 55% of those interviewed in the recent study, claimed they had issues leaving the house. This obviously can make it really difficult for them to return to work.

The negative impact it can have on work also leaves 57% of those affected worried about losing their job completely. This in turn can contribute to mental health issues.

How making a claim can aid those suffering after an accidental injury

While there is no denying accidental injury can have a significantly negative impact on a person’s life, help is available.

The Make It Right campaign highlights the benefits of seeking justice for accidental injuries. Often those who have suffered don’t know where to turn. While it can’t take back the trauma you’ve already experienced, it can help you to move on and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. The National Accident Helpline specialises in personal claims, including medical and dental negligence.

By seeking advice from the professionals on a no win, no fee basis, you’ll be able to get the justice you deserve and start working on moving forward with your life.

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