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psychiatric injury frequently asked questions

There are two categories of pure psychiatric injury being primary victims and secondary victims. 
A primary victim is someone who has suffered psychiatric injury because he was directly involved in a sufficiently shocking (usually life threatening) situation. An example of this is a person who is involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s careless driving and gets mildly injured (or even remains unharmed) as a consequence, but the fright from the crash triggers a serious mental condition. 
A secondary victim is a person who suffers nervous shock without himself being exposed to danger. An example of this is a spectator at a car race, who witnesses a fatal crash caused by negligence on the part of the car manufacturers and develops a nervous illness because involved in the crash is her husband.  A secondary victim must witness a shocking event, the shock must be sudden and the incident must involve someone with whom he has a relationship that can be described as a close tie of love and affection. 
Like with all personal injury claims, you have three years from the date of (or reasonable knowledge) of your injury to start your claim for compensation. 
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