By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 9th July 2021. Welcome to our online post traumatic stress disorder compensation guide where we will discuss PTSD compensation claims in length. We’ll look to answer the questions, “how much compensation can I claim for post traumatic stress disorder?” and “how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident?” And we cover everything you should know about making severe post traumatic stress disorder claims. So, let’s delve into PTSD claims. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD to use its acronym is a psychological condition or psychiatric disorder 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.
One of the most common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder in adults is physical assault. If you’re suffering from post traumatic stress disorders due to medical negligence, or because of an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you could make a personal injury claim. 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.
Select a Section
- A Guide to PTSD Compensation Claims
- What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- What Are the Typical Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms?
- What can cause PTSD?
- PTSD after a Car Accident, Can I Claim Compensation?
- PTSD caused by Work can I Claim?
- PTSD caused by the Armed Forces or Military can I Claim?
- What Compensation Amounts Could I Receive For PTSD?
- How much compensation will I receive for PTSD?- Updated July 2021
- How to Claim for PTSD
- No Win No Fee PTSD Compensation Claims
- Why Choose Our Specialists to deal with Your PTSD Claim
- Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim
- Useful Links and Case Studies
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. You can also get in touch if you’d like more information on post traumatic stress disorder compensation claims.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
When it comes to how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident or another accident, this would depend on if you recover well, or if the PTSD has a significant impact on your life on an ongoing basis. You could expect to receive more compensation if your PTSD is severe and causes continuing symptoms.
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. Some people go on to achieve a full recovery from PTSD, while others will suffer lifelong symptoms, even despite treatment.
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. Any of these might lead to you claiming for PTSD compensation.
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. Physical injuries could pave the way towards suffering PTSD.
- Sexual violence, assault or abuse – for people who are the victim of sexual harm, through abuse, violence or assault, suffer both physical and psychological injuries. 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. These are classic examples of situations resulting in PTSD claims.
- 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 is 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.
You may have contracted PTSD due to being involved in a road traffic accident, and be asking yourself, “how much compensation can I claim for PTSD after a car accident?”. If this is the case, Accident Claims UK can help you claim the injury compensation you are entitled to.
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.
It is possible to claim for workplace caused PTSD, and Accident Claims UK can help you do so. If you’d like more information on work-related post traumatic stress disorder compensation claims, get in touch with us today.
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. Hence why filing for PTSD compensation could be a worthwhile option to explore.
You can make PTSD injury claims 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.
Read on to find out what can be included in post traumatic stress disorder compensation claims.
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 for post traumatic stress disorder claims.
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 part of the special damages 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?
You may be wondering, “how much compensation can I claim for post traumatic stress disorder?”. 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.
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Severe)||£56,180 to £94,470||For the most severe PTSD cases with long-term loss of life quality.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Moderately Severe)||£21,730 to £56,180||Serious PTSD from which the patient will eventually recover.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Moderately Severe)||£7,680 to £21,730||Short-term episodes of PTSD|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Less Severe)||£3,710 to £7,680||Minor PTSD with trivial symptoms|
|General psychological damage||£51,460 to £108,620||Severe|
|General psychological damage||£17,900 to £51,460||Moderately severe|
|General psychological damage||£5,500 to £17,900||Moderate|
|General psychological damage||£1,440 to £5,500||Less severe|
|Trauma||£4,380||Thinking you were about to lose your life or have your life expectancy shortened|
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 claims 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 with regards to potentially receiving post traumatic stress disorder compensation.
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. No matter how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident you’re claiming, this agreement would help you make your claim quickly, and without funding it upfront.
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.
Our many years of experience mean that we are able to take on complex and challenging cases, such as post-traumatic stress disorder NHS claims. And PTSD armed forces claims, which relate to military PTSD. We have experience in dealing with such large organisations as the NHS and the UK Armed Forces where victims suffer PTSD as a result of traumatic events, perhaps even involving other people.
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 personal injury solicitors across the UK, and in some locations, we may even be able to organise a home visit to discuss your PTSD claims 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 about PTSD compensation to ensure we have all the details of your specific situation, before offering you some free legal advice on what you should do next and giving you some rough insight into how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident you could claim. In most cases, we could help you use the national No Win No Fee claims service that we operate, to get you the maximum amount of post traumatic stress disorder compensation that you are entitled to.
Useful Links and Case Studies
At the link above, 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 above, 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 above, 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.
In this guide, we take a look at restaurant accident cases.
Take a look at the link above where we discuss pavement accident claims.
In the link provided above, we take a look at public place accidents in detail.
PTSD compensation FAQ
What does PTSD do to a person?
People that suffer from PTSD have an intense experience due to their thoughts and feelings related to the experience. They may relive the experience and it can affect their life.
Does PTSD go away?
PTSD does not always last forever, however, without treatment or in serious cases, it can have a serious impact on the individuals life.
Does PTSD affect memory?
In some instances, PTSD could result in challenges when concentrating. However, with support and guidance, this can fade over time.
What benefits can I claim if I have PTSD?
It’s possible to apply for DLA/PIP if you have PTSD, though you need clear evidence of it impacting your life.
How many PTSD claims get denied?
On average, the estimation is that around 38% of PTSD claims don’t go beyond initial consultations.
What are the four major clusters of PTSD?
These are avoidance, intrusive memories, emotional and physical mood swings, and negative changes in thought patterns and mood. How much compensation for PTSD after a car accident you’d receive would depend on how badly you’d suffered and how long for.
What are some PTSD symptoms?
These include panic attacks, being quickly upset, lack of sleep, hyperfocusing, irritability and struggling to concentrate.
Can you claim PTSD and anxiety?
Though the two are closely linked due to anxiety being a symptom of PTSD, it is possible to make separate claims.
What treatments for PTSD could I have?
No matter how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident you receive, you could get help from the NHS for your PTSD. The NHS advises there are a few different treatments that PTSD sufferers could try.
- Active monitoring – if your PTSD is mild or symptoms have been going on for less than 4 weeks, active monitoring may be considered. This means that someone will monitor your symptoms to see if they dissipate or get worse. You should have an appointment after this has been ongoing for a month.
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could also help. Therapists use a range of techniques to assist you in coming to terms with what has happened to you. You make be asked to describe what happened to you in detail, helping you to deal with any distress that occurs as a result of your description. This is known as a ‘talking therapy’
- EMDR – Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing is something that therapists have found could reduce symptoms of PTSD. You would recall the details of what’s happened to you while moving your eyes to follow your therapist’s finger movements. Another method would be for the therapist to tap their finger or play a certain tone.
- Medication – sertraline and paroxetine have licenses to specifically treat PTSD. However, there are other medications that your doctor may use instead, such as amitriptyline, mirtazapine and phenelyzine. However, some of these medications have side effects and some may require monitoring when the medication is withdrawn to avoid you experiencing withdrawal effects.
Sometimes, a mix of both medication and psychological therapy may help a patient.
Once again, thank you for reading our guide on PTSD compensation claims. We hope that we’ve answered any questions you have about PTSD claims on how much compensation you can claim for post traumatic stress disorder. But please get in touch if you have any questions regarding post traumatic stress disorder compensation or severe post traumatic stress disorder claims, such as “how much compensation can I claim for post-traumatic stress disorder?” as well as “how much compensation for PTSD after a car accident?”