Psychological injuries are best diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Usually your GP and a psychologist will assess you prior to being referred to a psychiatrist. They will also have a clinical history noting your depression and anxiety and other mental disorders. If your GP doesn’t doesn’t raise the issue, it’s best to raise it with your GP yourself. In Australia, a Mental Health Care Plan allows you to have 10 free visits to a psychologist. Your GP provides a referral for this.
It’s very important to have the right medical evidence to support your TPD claim. PK Simpson also has access to specialist doctors who can add further support to the medical evidence already compiled.
Psychological Disorders where we have had successful TPD claims include:
- Major Depression / Severe Depression
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Substance Abuse Disorders (Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction)
- Panic Disorders (Panic attacks)
Often, these disorders come in combinations. Many people who have suffered injuries in traumatic accidents or life debilitating injuries will then manifest various types of mental disorders. A good TPD lawyer will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and recommend you attend a specialist to have the condition diagnosed and documented so that the evidence can support your TPD claim.