In this case study, we are going to take a look at a personal injury claim, that resulted in a £250,000 payout for a psychiatric injury being made to the claimant as personal injury compensation.
The victim was a 54-year-old man, who fell more than 30 feet from scaffolding while he was working, performing an inspection. The victim sustained some serious injuries, inclining fractures to his lower back and other bones, as well as a very severe blow to the head.
Although the multiple fractures the claimant sustained all seemed to heal properly, he was left with two ongoing problems. Firstly, he suffered chronic pain disorder in the lower part of his leg. Severe enough to prevent him from working, and also stopping him from taking part in his usual hobbies and pastimes. Secondly, he suffered a psychological injury in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The claimant engaged a solicitor to process a personal injury claim for him. This claim was successful, and he was eventually paid an amount of compensation totalling a quarter of a million pounds.
In this case study, we are going to take a look at how the victim had been involved in a work-related accident, causing serious injuries. We look at statistics pertaining to work-related post-traumatic stress disorder as well. We then move on to look a how the claim progressed, and why the compensation was paid.
Accident Claims UK is experienced in making work-related accident claims on behalf of our clients, and we can do the same for you. Call us on the phone number at the bottom of the page to find out how we can help.
Work Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Statistics
The graph above shows just how prevalent mental health issues are in the workplace. Topping out at some £42 billion in sick pay being paid for people who have had to take time away from work due to mental health problems.
In this case, the claimant was seeking damages for psychiatric injury caused by a traumatic accident. Typically, psychiatric injury compensation amounts are driven by the severity of the mental condition. In this case, the condition was post-traumatic stress disorder, a very serious health problem indeed.
The potential symptoms of P.T.S.D. can be very severe, having a dilapidating effect on the victim, and these include:
- Re-experiencing – this can take the form of flashbacks, nightmares, and physical manifestations such as sweating, and nausea due to thinking about the incident that caused P.T.S.D.
- Emotional avoidance – many people who suffer from P.T.S.D. attempt to numb their emotions, so they do not feel anything.
- Feeling on edge – including problems sleeping, being irritable, and becoming angry easily.
- Additional psychological problems – P.T.S.D. can be the trigger for additional mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
In this particular case, because the claimant had been away from work for some time, he began to feel useless. This led to feelings of insecurity, a loss of confidence and lowered self-esteem.
What Accident Led To The Claimant Suffering PTSD?
The victim, in this case, had been working at the top of a high scaffolding tower, inspecting the work of another member of the workforce. He fell 30 feet to the ground. The fall caused several fractures, including one in the vertebra of his lower back.
The road to recovery was long and painful, with the victim immobilised for a long time after the accident. He was unable to work, and unable to get involved with family activities, and also had to stop his hobbies and interests. Although the injuries did eventually heal, he was left with chronic pain syndrome in one leg, and the entire experience had been so traumatic, that he now suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The victim contacted a personal injury lawyer, and arranged for them to process a psychiatric injury compensation claim on his behalf.
How Did Personal Injury Solicitors Help This Claimant?
The personal injury solicitor, in pursuit of psychological trauma compensation, contacted the victim’s employer in order to try and negotiate for a settlement. The premise for this claim, was that the work-related injury was a result of the company that employed the claimant, failing in their Health & Safety duties. Specifically, not ensuring that a person working at height was provided with proper training and safety equipment.
The employer admitted liability for the work-related injury, and made an offer of an out of court settlement that totalled £250,000. The claimant was happy to accept this sum.
Damages And Settlements For PTSD
If you were to try using an online psychological compensation calculator, to get an idea of how much might be claimed for P.T.S.D. you would likely get wide-ranging results. These tools are seldom very accurate. However, in this case, the amount of compensation received was in line with the UK judicial guidelines for psychiatric injury claims for stress and depression. The compensation was awarded for several reasons, and these would have likely included:
- The pain and suffering of the accident, and also in having the injuries treated at the hospital.
- Mental trauma caused by falling from a height.
- The lowered life quality during the long period of recuperation and recovery.
- The mental problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Financial losses caused by having to stay away from work until healed.
The solicitor who represented the claimant, did a very good job of processing the claim. The claimant received a compensation settlement that was at the higher end of the spectrum. The fact that the employer admitted liability was the key point in this claim for P.T.S.D. as it made the claim simpler to process for the solicitor. Even though the solicitor was prepared to try and prove that the employer had failed in its legal obligations regarding Health & Safety in the workplace, there was no need, as the defendant admitted full liability.
No Win No Fee Psychiatric Injury Claims
If you have suffered an injury due to an accident in the workplace, then Accident Claims UK can process your claim, as your No Win No Fee solicitors. What this means, is that there is no financial risk to you at all, as we don’t charge a single penny until you have actually received a compensation settlement.
This is how our national No Win No Fee claims service works:
- We take on your claim, and begin processing it at zero cost to you.
- We process your claim, and no matter how long this takes, there is still zero cost to you.
- If we fail to win compensation for you, then there is still zero cost, you pay nothing at all.
- When we do win compensation for you, we will deduct our agreed percentage as our fees from the payment we received, and give you the remainder.
This really is a risk-free way to claim. You have nothing to lose. If you have any questions about our national claims service, call us on the number below so we can answer them for you.
Contact Accident Claims Today
Accident Claims UK can help you to claim psychiatric injury compensation for work-related accidents that resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are ready to begin your claim, then all you need to do to get the ball rolling, is call us on 0800 073 8801. One of our team will be ready to talk you through the process of starting a new claim with us, so that we can get started on your claim as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder, what it is, how it is caused and how it is treated, the National Health Service has produced this guide:
There is a national UK support website for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, and it can be found here:
At the link below, you will find a comprehensive guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for a psychological injury:
At the link below, you will find a comprehensive guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for a back injury at work: