Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD to use its acronym is a psychological condition caused by severe mental stress or anguish. PTSD can be caused by many things, such as:
- Serving as a soldier in a combat zone.
- Being sexually assaulted.
- Witnessing a shocking event, such as a fatal accident.
- Being the victim of a violent crime such as a mugging.
As can be seen from the graph, the single most common cause of post traumatic stress disorder in adults is physical assault.
Accident Claims UK can help sufferers of PTSD to claim the compensation they are eligible for. Call us today on 0800 073 8801 so that we can begin your claim.
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A Guide to PTSD Compensation Claims
Post traumatic stress disorder is a serious debilitating psychologic condition. People who suffer from PTSD will usually have a vastly reduced quality of life, and have problems forming close relationships and holding down a job.
Within this guide to making PTSD compensation claims, you will find all of the relevant information you need to firstly, learn about the illness and secondly, make a successful compensation claim. This guide includes:
- A description of what post traumatic stress disorder is, and how it affects people who suffer from it.
- Details of the symptoms of PTSD and what can cause it.
- An overview of different types of compensation claims based on ways that a person has developed post traumatic stress disorder.
- Details on the amount of compensation a person suffering from post traumatic stress disorder can claim.
- Instructions on what you should be doing to begin a claim for post traumatic stress disorder, as well as an introduction to our No Win No Fee claims service.
Accident Claims UK has a track record going back more than 30-years of claiming compensation on behalf of our clients across a broad range of claims. If you believe you are suffering from PTSD, then contact us at the phone number at the bottom of this page, to begin making your PTSD claim.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
There is no specific post traumatic stress disorder test, as this is a complex psychological condition. To answer the question, what is post traumatic stress disorder? we could say that:
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that is caused by a traumatic event that a person is either directly involved in or witnesses. PTSD will be diagnosed if the symptoms exist for more than a month. It causes flashbacks, bad dreams, and rumination over the event, even though the sufferer would rather forget it ever happened.
PTSD as opposed simply to anxiety and worry will cause the victim to become agitated, upset and stress, which has a negative impact on the life of the sufferer. Males are more likely to suffer from PTSD than females, especially when it comes to job-related post traumatic stress disorder.
What Are the Typical Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms?
In order to understand post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, it is important to note that the severity and type of PTSD will vary, for example, the symptoms of complex post traumatic stress disorder will be slightly different to those listed below:
- Flashbacks – the event that is the root cause of the PTSD.
- Bad dreams – or nightmares either of the event or other disturbing scenarios.
- Distressing ruminations – if the sufferer spends time thing about the event that caused the PTSD.
- Avoidance – the sufferer will go out of their way to avoid things that will remind them of the event, despite the effect this may have on their life.
- Lack of feeling – and numbness with very flat emotional responses.
- Physical manifestations – including shaking, pain, sickness and trembling.
- Mental manifestations- such as anxiety, stress, depression and emotional instability.
People exhibit different sets of symptoms when they have PTSD. Some may, for example, have physical manifestations, others won’t. Tertiary symptoms can also exist, such as irritability, sleep disorders, etc.
What Can Cause PTSD?
There are many events that can cause PTSD, leading to a person needed to make a post traumatic stress disorder compensation claim. However, some types of events are most common as a cause of PTSD, and these are:
- Military service – soldiers who are involved in armed conflict or forced to serve a period of time in a combat zone, are exposed to traumatic experience on an almost daily basis. Therefore, this is one of the primary ways for PTSD to be caused. PTSD in veteran troops is prolific, and in recent years has become a serious issued for the UK armed forces.
- Physical violence or abuse – this can be either directly as a violent act, or both physical and emotional violence during an event, for example a mugging or robbery.
- Sexual violence, assault or abuse – for people who are the victim of sexual harm, through abuse, violence or assault, suffer both physical and psychological harm. Few events cause PTSD so consistently as those in this category.
- Severe road traffic accidents – either as the passenger or driver of a vehicle, or simply a witness to the event. A bad road traffic accident, especially one that has resulted in fatalities is an extremely traumatic event and a common cause of PTSD.
- Becoming a hostage or captive – living with the constant threat of physical harm as either a hostage or a person being held captive against their will, can cause sufficient trauma to cause PTSD.
- Witnessing a violent or horrific death – seeing a dead body, especially one that has been severely damaged in an accident, or as the result of a violent attack, is a traumatic event, as is witnessed the death of another.
- Natural disasters – such as floods, fires and earthquakes. The survivors of these types of event have often been physically harmed and will have been damaged emotionally by issues such as loss of a home.
- Terminal illness – being diagnosed with an illness such as cancer, is shock enough to trigger a bout of PTSD in most people.
- Family losses – include the death of a loved one, can be very traumatic, especially in cases such as a mother losing her child.
PTSD after a Car Accident, Can I Claim Compensation?
One of the most common causes of post traumatic stress disorder compensation claims are road traffic accidents. Especially road traffic accidents that result in one or more fatalities. The stress and trauma of the event, even for witnesses can lead to PTSD.
For the victims of the crash, PTSD can effectively prevent them from getting around, as the avoidance symptom will mean they will do everything they can to make sure they do not travel in a car again, to avoid reminding themselves about the accident.
PTSD Caused by Work can I Claim?
Another common reason for people to make post traumatic stress disorder compensation claims is due to their job. Some jobs, such as working for the police force, ambulance service, fire service, or in a busy accident and emergency ward for example. People in these types of jobs are under constant stress, regularly exposed to traumatic experiences, and in some cases, under a very real threat of physical harm for most of their working day. It, therefore, comes as no surprise, that these occupations see a high percentage of the people who work in them developing PTSD.
PTSD Caused by the Armed Forces or Military Can I Claim?
PTSD is such a severe problem for the UK armed forces, that there is a special armed forces compensation scheme PTSD payout for sufferers. However, it should be noted that in several cases, a soldier suffering from PTSD has successfully sued the UK arm forces for a much greater compensation payment outside of this scheme.
Military personnel who spend long periods stationed in a war zone have a high probability of developing PTSD. Those that have actually been involved in combat, are even more probable of contracting PTSD. It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of veterans suffering from PTSD in the UK alone.
You can claim for PTSD as a currently serving or retired member of the armed forces. You will initially be offered the standard settlement under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). However, Accident Claims UK may be able to help you claim much more. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page so we can discuss your specific situation with you.
What Compensation Amounts Could I Receive For PTSD?
A PTSD claim can be quite complex, with regard to the kinds of things a person can claim for in their compensation settlement. Every PTSD claim is going to include a provision for general damages, and also a provision for special damages. And in the case of PTSD, the special damages are likely to far outweigh the general damages.
General damages will be claimed for the actual injury (in this case a psychological injury) and the suffering and pain it has caused. Now, with PTSD, the actual injury itself is not painful, it is the manifestation of the symptoms which are the most harmful aspect, and the effect they have on a person’s life, these will have a far greater effect on the special damages.
Special damages cover all of the aspects of the claim that are not about physical suffering and pain. In the case of PTSD this could be:
- Loss of mobility due to the PTSD sufferer being uncomfortable with being in public.
- Loss of earning, through the PTSD, suffer being unable to hold down their job.
- Loss of future earnings, if the PTSD is so severe that it will have a long-term effect on the earning potential of the victim.
- Mental anguish and stress, caused by both the PTSD itself and also the effects that PTSD has on the life of the victim.
As we can see from the above examples, claiming for compensation for PTSD is a complex challenge, the effects of the illness of the sufferer’s life need to be quantified before any claim can be made. Post traumatic stress disorder compensation payouts will be primarily driven by the special damages part of the claim. Contact Accident Claims UK today so that we can begin helping you prepare your compensation claim for PTSD.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive for PTSD?
It is very hard to give an indication of potential PTSD compensation amounts, simply because PTSD compensation payouts are so complex in nature. However, the table below gives a general indication of how much you might get.
|Severe||£47,000 - £81,000||For the most severe PTSD cases with long-term loss of life quality.|
|Serious||£18,000 - £47,000||Serious PTSD from which the patient will eventually recover.|
|Medium||£5,500 - £18,000||Short-term episodes of PTSD|
|Mild||£3,100 - £5,000||Minor PTSD with trivial symptoms|
For a more accurate estimate of how much you might get for your PTSD claim, contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page. We will be able to give you a much better estimate than any online post traumatic stress disorder compensation calculator.
How to Claim for PTSD
The process for claiming for PTSD compensation is on the one hand, quite simple and on the other, very complex. PTSD is not like other injuries and illnesses, as the real damage done by the condition, is in the way that the symptoms manifest themselves, and this is unique to every case. The situation is made more complicated by the fact that the PTSD sufferer will not want to think about the events that lead to them developing the condition, so the fact-finding aspects of the claim will be difficult.
If you believe you have a valid reason to claim compensation for PTSD, you should contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will help you begin making your claim by:
- Asking you to go over the details of the event that caused to PTSD. We understand this might be difficult, and we will ask you for the bare minimum information we need to begin your claim.
- Finding out just how the symptoms of the PTSD have affected your life, both on a personal and professional level. These are the facts we need to start working out what special damages you will need to claim.
- Arranging for you to receive a local medical examination if we think it is needed in your specific case.
Once we have gone through this short process, we will be ready to take on your PTSD claim for you. Based on the PTSD compensation examples in the table above, we will let you know how much we think you can claim, and what your chances are of being successful.
No Win No Fee PTSD Compensation Claims
Accident Claims UK can generally offer to take on a post traumatic stress disorder claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.
This is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this kind of deal, you don’t have to pay anything at all when we begin making your PTSD claim for you. There are no ongoing legal costs to pay as we pursue your claim, and if we don’t successfully win your claim, you walk away without paying us anything at all. The only time you need to pay us anything is when you actually win a post traumatic stress disorder compensation payment.
If you would like to know more about our No Win No Fee national claims service, then call us on the number at the bottom of this page, so that we can explain how it works. You will be under no obligation to go any farther with your claim unless you want to.
Why Choose Our Specialists to deal with Your PTSD Claim
Accident Claims UK has a proven track record of over 30-years in duration, of claiming significant compensation payments for people under our No Win No Fee scheme.
We are able to take on complex and challenging cases, such as post traumatic stress disorder NHS claims. And PTSD armed forces claims. We have experience in dealing with such large organisations as the NHS and the UK Armed Forces.
We always work in an ethical manner and do everything we can to ensure the best chance of receiving the most compensation possible in your specific case. We will keep you in the loop at all times and explain what we are doing for you in plain English, not legal jargon.
Accident Claims UK can arrange for you to receive a local medical examination, the results of which can be submitted in support of your claim. We have teams of solicitors across the UK, and in some locations, we may even be able to organise a home visit to discuss your case face to face.
You may have some questions about the national claims service that we offer suffers from PTSD as the simplest way to make a claim, if you do, then call us on the number at the bottom of this page and we will do all we can to answer them.
Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim
If you believe that you have a valid reason to make a posttraumatic stress disorder claim, then call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801. We will spend a little time asking you questions to ensure we have all the details of your specific situation, before offering you some free legal advice on what you should do next. In most cases, this will be to use the national No Win No Fee claims service that we operate, to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
Useful Links and Case Studies
At the link below, there is some detailed information about post traumatic stress disorder which has been published by the NHS. It covers the causes and treatment, as well as outlining the symptoms of PTSD.
At the link below, there is a series of pages published by MIND, which offer some good advice on dealing with a person suffering from PTSD, and how they can be helped to rejoin society.
At the link below, there is detailed information that has been published by the UK Government about the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). It explains what AFCS is, how it works, and who might be eligible to claim under it.