If you have suffered injury to your mental health caused by fear of Covid are you entitled to claim compensation?
If the fear of contracting Covid has impacted on your mental health you may be entitled to claim compensation, even if Covid-19 itself was never diagnosed.
A person does not need to have suffered physical injury in order to claim compensation for mental injury. However, the law governing compensation claims for psychiatric injury is very complex. Furthermore, we have yet to see how the courts are going to handle Covid claims or the extent of the legal duties that are likely to be placed on defendants, such as employers and healthcare providers, during the pandemic. It is therefore important that you seek guidance from expert solicitors who are experienced in dealing with these cases.
Various requirements will need to be met in order to bring a compensation claim for injury to your mental health caused by fear of Covid. Not only will you need to show that the individual or organisation against whom the claim is being made acted carelessly, but that the symptoms suffered by you arose as a direct result of the fear of contracting Covid, rather than some other unrelated cause.
Additional complications can arise where there was no genuine danger of catching Covid in those circumstances. In these cases a claimant would need to show that the defendant should have foreseen the risk of injury, which is likely to be a significant hurdle. Again, having experienced solicitors on your side will be crucial.
Claims for Covid related mental injury can also be made where Covid itself has been diagnosed. In these cases you can claim compensation for both the physical and the psychological effects of Covid, subject to establishing that the defendant was at fault.
We are dealing with Covid compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you should not allow worries about paying legal costs put you off seeking justice. We are happy to assess the suitability of bringing a claim on a No Win, No Fee basis completely free of charge so you have nothing to lose by asking us for a review.
If you have suffered injury to your mental health caused by fear of Covid and would like to know where you stand on claiming compensation then you can contact our free legal helpline. Either call our freephone number 0808 139 1606 or send brief details to us by email at [email protected]