Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating psychological disorder that can develop after experiencing an extremely stressful and traumatic situation.  Examples of such situations can include being involved in  a near-death experience following a serious road traffic accident, serious accident at work or after witnessing a horrifying event

Due to the stressful and often dangerous nature of their work, people serving in the military, emergency service workers, police and firefighters are often at risk for PTSD symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD are disruptive to daily life and can include flashbacks, emotional thoughts, avoidance and nightmares. They are usually diagnosed by a psychologist or a psychiatrist with reference to recognised criteria in psychiatric literature. It is common for PSTD symptoms to overlap with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders.

If you think that you are suffering from a psychiatric disorder following an accident or witnessing an incident  involving a close loved one, please contact our experienced solicitors today for a free consultation.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Flashbacks
  • A sense of alienation or disassociation from events and other individuals
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Physical reactions that occur when you are reminded of the situation that occurred, such as sweating, nausea, or an increase in heart rate.

To be properly classified as PTSD these symptoms must usually persist for at least a month. Sometimes symptoms can take some time after the traumatic event to develop.

Recovery can be slow and the severity of symptoms can vary, depending upon factors such as previous psychiatric problems. As part of a personal injury claim we can ask the defendant to fund rehabilitation, where appropriate, so that clients can work with a mental health professional to ensure proper diagnosis and undergo recommended treatment.

How do I claim for post-traumatic stress disorder?

If you’ve been involved in a traumatic event in the past three years, and are now suffering from PTSD, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Simply get in touch with us either via our contact form or by calling us on 0808 231 6369.

We’ll be able to discuss your own unique case and advise you with the steps you need to take as part of our free no obligation service. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, so you won’t be at any financial risk should you choose to proceed forward with making a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder. Our specialist solicitors will give you the support and advice you need throughout the entire process, from making the initial enquiry all the way through to actually making the claim.

Time limit in PTSD claims

A claim for PTSD must be brought (submitted to the court) within three years of the date you suffered an injury or three years of you being aware that you have suffered an injury. There is an exception for children under the age of 18 years who have until they reach their 21st birthday to submit their claim to court.

How much can I claim for post-traumatic stress disorder?

As each injury and result is personal, the amount you can claim as compensation will be personal to you. To get a general idea of how much you may be able to claim, contact our specialist team of experts who will be able to advise.

Dependent on the effects of your PTSD, the medical care required and your recovery you may not be able to go back to work and may require additional support and medical care.

As a result, your compensation may vary from what you may have seen before on our successful cases page. If you decide to pursue a claim, then our helpful and supportive staff will be able to give you further details on how much you can claim.

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