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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can take a huge toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing. Sufferers can be trapped re-living their worst experiences, held back from moving on with their lives.
PTSD is often triggered by witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event, such as observing a colleague being injured at work or sustaining an injury yourself through a distressing accident.
If you have suffered with PTSD following an accident or an upsetting experience that could have been prevented, you may be able to claim compensation from those responsible. Our specialist personal injury solicitors have helped many people claim maximum compensation, who have suffered PTSD due to:
Our team understand the impact that PTSD can have on your day-to-day life. That’s why we offer personalised client care, such as home visits, to ensure your claim is a straightforward as possible.
What is PTSD and what are the symptoms?
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful, distressing or frightening events. It can have a severe and debilitating impact on your life, with symptoms including anxiety and depression as well as physical symptoms such as headaches and chest pains.
How can PTSD be treated?
PTSD is often treated through a variety of helpful psychotherapy techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and group therapy. These techniques help those suffering with the condition to change the way they think about their experience. Those struggling with PTSD may also be prescribed medications, such as antidepressants, to help manage their symptoms. Your compensation could help pay for your personal journey to recovery, to ensure you can move forward after your accident.
Who is responsible for my PTSD?
Employers and property occupiers, such as landlords and business owners, have a responsibility to uphold healthy and safety guidelines and to protect the safety of those who visit their premises. Likewise, road users owe each other a duty of care as well. Healthcare providers also have a responsibility to ensure their patients don’t come to harm while under their care. If there is a chance that the traumatic event that caused your PTSD was preventable, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
The compensation you receive depends on the impact of your PTSD on your life. Severe, life-changing PTSD will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the accident or the date when you realised your PTSD may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you can claim at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18, they can bring a claim in their own right but the three year time limit will then apply and they will have until they are 21 to do so.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist personal injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
Starting a PTSD compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.