Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims
Have you suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of an accident, an assault or from witnesses a traumatic event? If you have, and somebody else was at fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Call 0800 678 1410 today to arrange a free claim assessment. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your case with an experienced solicitor and to find out if you have a valid claim. During your consultation, you are free to ask any question you may have about the claims process or how much compensation you may be entitled to.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the condition that encompasses a variety of mental health complaints following a traumatic event or experience. Sufferers of PTSD may have been exposed to prolonged distress for example military personnel in combat situations, or may have been the victim of a life-changing event such as an attack or emergency situation.
The symptoms of PTSD may become apparent immediately, or they might not reveal themselves until long after the event which caused them. For this reason, the symptoms might appear confusing or not linked to a specific occurrence. In the same way, symptoms might last for a short period and then disappear, or more likely, they will be ongoing and present themselves for a long period of time.
What events cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
There are a number of events which could lead to a person suffering from PTSD. Many people associate the condition with the military as the term was first used to describe the impact of the Vietnam War on soldiers. However, this is not an illness that is specific to combat and as such, many people suffer PTSD as a result of other events.
Some of the most common causes of PTSD that have resulted in successful compensation claims include:
- Military combat situations
- Physical attacks
- Sexual assault
- Car crashes
- Witnessing a traumatic event or emergency
- Prolonged exposure to trauma, such as ongoing abuse
- Accidents in entertainment venues such as those at theme parks, fairgrounds or experience days.
With the support of an expert medical team, injury solicitors are skilled at ensuring that whoever was liable for the cause of your PTSD is made accountable for their actions or inactions.
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Post traumatic stress disorder can have severe impacts on the sufferer and their wider family and friends. Although some symptoms may be less severe and limited to nominal disturbed sleeping or the avoidance of some activities, extreme and untreated PTSD can lead to a host of personality-changing symptoms. This can include the sufferer’s disconnection from social circles, their inability to work and function and suicidal tendencies.
Some of the most common symptoms that are presented in cases of PTSD include:
- Depression and general low mood
- Feeling like you have failed or are inadequate
- Inability to be close to others, particularly immediate family and friends
- Nightmares, insomnia and restlessness during sleep
- Muscle tension, aches and pains
- Flashbacks that can either be unwelcome memories or completely debilitating
- Anger, frustration and the desire to lash out
- Headaches, confusion and lethargy
If PTSD is not addressed promptly, it is likely that the sufferer will experience heightened and worsening symptoms that have a greater impact on their life. When symptoms increase or get worse, this often leads to increased emotional impact and distress and so the victim is in a devastating circle of suffering.
How is PTSD treated?
PTSD is becoming more readily diagnosed and as such, treatments are becoming accessible quickly while being reviewed and developed often. Depending on the symptoms that are presented in individual cases, some of the most common forms of treatment for PTSD include:
- Counselling, including educating the victim on PTSD and its management.
- Mindfulness – helping the patient to manage their thought processed fully and positively.
- Group psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Injury solicitors are skilled in achieving the highest levels of compensation available for victims of PTSD and will seek to include the costs of any required treatments in your final settlement offer.
Am I eligible to make a claim for PTSD?
PTSD claims are notoriously complex as it can be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms and the liability of another party. That said, the awareness of the condition has vastly increased in recent years, and acceptance of claims have risen.
If you have suffered from PTSD and your solicitor can demonstrate that a single event or cause was to blame, it is likely that you will be eligible to begin a claim for compensation. Expert solicitors have vast experience in this field and will be pleased to discuss the details of your case in a free initial consultation where they can assess and confirm your eligibility.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that is paid to you will depend upon the severity of your condition. As part of your claim, you will have a thorough assessment from an independent medical expert, and this will help to determine the extent of your symptoms and the impact that they have on your daily life. The more severe your condition and impact on your life, the higher the compensation amount you will be awarded.
When negotiating how much compensation should be paid to you, your solicitor will ensure that the following is considered:
- The extent of emotional suffering
- The impact on family
- The impact on your ability to socialise
- The cost of required treatment
- Whether you have suffered any loss of earnings
- Whether your earning potential for the future has been affected
To discuss the details of your case at a free no obligation consultation call 0800 678 1410. If you have a valid claim, your solicitor will be happy to work on a No Win No Fee basis. So if they are unable to win your claim, you won’t have to pay them a penny.