Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is often referred to as PTSD, is a condition that is commonly suffered by those who have gone through a traumatic experience. This is an anxiety condition, which can surface in many different ways. However, if you feel that you have experienced this condition and someone else is to blame, you will be able to make a claim for compensation for PTSD. This is something Advice.co.uk can assist you with. We have many years of experience when it comes to claims for compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including military PTSD claims. Before you give us a call, though, on 0161 696 9685, make sure you continue reading to find out everything you need to know about making such a claim.
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- A Guide On How To Claim Compensation For PTSD
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Compensation Claims Calculator
- What Can My PTSD Compensation Claim Include Damages For?
- How Long Do I Have To Make A PTSD Compensation Claim?
- What Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- What Are The Symptoms Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- What Causes PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Can You Claim Compensation For PTSD After A Car Accident?
- Military PTSD Claims – Claims For PTSD Suffered In The Army, Air Force Or Navy
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims Against Your Employer
- Am I Eligible To Make A PTSD Personal Injury Claim?
- How To Make A Winning PTSD Compensation Claim
- No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- How Advice.co.uk Can Help Victims Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Contacting Our Team
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Victim Support
Here at Advice.co.uk, we have many years of experience when it comes to compensation claims. You can call us for some more information on specific PTSD compensation case studies. But first, continue reading to find out everything you need to know about making a claim for PTSD. We will explain basic information regarding what PTSD is, the symptoms associated with it, and the causes related to it. We will also answer some of your most pressing questions. This includes: can you sue someone for giving you PTSD? And how much compensation do you get for PTSD? We will also look at some of the more specific PTSD cases. This includes making a claim against your employer and the military, as well as compensation for PTSD after a car accident in the UK. With that being said, continue reading to find out everything you need to know, and please do not hesitate to get in touch for more details.
One of the most pressing questions you will have is how much compensation you are going to get. So, how much compensation do you get for a psychological injury? Well, it is impossible to give you a definitive answer. This is because all cases are handled on an individual basis. Therefore, your case will be evaluated, and you will be awarded an amount accordingly. You should know that psychological injuries are treated just as seriously as physical injuries are. One of the best ways to get an understanding of the payout you will get is to look at past cases involving PTSD and the amounts awarded. We have put together this information in the table below. We do not recommend using a personal injury claims calculator, as these tools are very inaccurate and more for marketing purposes.
|The injury||Notes about the injury||The typical payout amount|
|Less severe post traumatic disorder||In such incidents, the person will make virtually a complete recovery within a timeframe of one to two years. For a longer period, there will only be minor symptoms.||£3,460 - £7,170|
|Moderate post traumatic disorder||In such incidents, the individual will have made a recovery overall. However, there may be some continual effects, yet they are not going to be grossly disabling.||£7,170 - £20,290|
|Moderately severe post traumatic disorder||What separates a moderately severe case of PTSD from a severe case is the fact that the prognosis is going to be improved. Nevertheless, the impact is still likely to cause a considerably disability for the foreseeable future.||£20,290 - £52,490|
|Severe post traumatic disorder||In these incidents, the person will suffer permanent effects that can stop them from working altogether or, at a minimum, functioning at anything that is similar to approaching your pre-trauma level. In such severe cases, all elements of person’s life will be impacted in a negative manner.||£52,490 - £88,270|
|Loss of earnings||This depends of your history of earnings||Can be as high as £300,000 depending on your earnings or salary.|
It is important to know how compensation is split up. Your payout will be split into general damages and special damages. We will explain both below.
General damages relates to the compensation you will receive for your injuries. This is calculated based on your injuries. This includes the likes of the following:
- Medication expenses
- Cost of treatment
- Cost of future treatment
- Cost of counselling
You can also make a claim for all of the out-of-pocket expenses you have sustained too. This relates to basically any cost you have had to pay for because of what has happened to you. For example, you may have needed to pay for someone to look after your children while you focused on your recovery. Moreover, you may have missed work because of PTSD. If this has been the case, you will not only be able to claim for loss of income, but you will also claim for any loss of future income too. This will be calculated using your current pay rate and your potential future earnings as well.
How long does a PTSD case take? One thing it is important to recognise is that there is a personal injury claims time limit on all PTSD causes. This time limit is typically three years. This means you will have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim. However, with PTSD, there is not always one specific trigger. It could happen over a period of time, which means you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis in most cases. The best thing for you to do is claim as soon as possible. That way, you don’t have to worry about missing any deadline.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety, which is caused by distressing, frightening, and very stressful events. Someone with PTSD tends to relive the traumatic occasion through flashbacks and nightmares, as well as feeling guilt, irritability, and isolation. They may also find it difficult to concentrate and have insomnia.
PTSD can be incredibly difficult to live with, as there are numerous symptoms that can have a considerable impact on your daily life. This includes the following:
- Re-experiencing, which is the most common PTSD symptom. This usually surfaces through the likes of physical sensations, for example, trembling, feeling sick, sweating, and pain, as well as distressing and repetitive sensations or images, nightmares, and flashbacks.
- Emotional numbing and avoidance.
- Hyperarousal, which is feeling on edge. This can often lead to difficulty concentrating, sleeping problems, angry outbursts, and irritability.
- Other physical symptoms, including stomach aches, chest pains, dizziness, and headaches.
- Destructive behaviour and self-harming.
- Other mental health problems, such as phobias, anxiety, or depression.
PTSD tends to happen after an event that is distressing, frightening, and stressful. It can also happen after a traumatic and prolonged experience. There are a number of different events that can lead to PTSD:
- An unexpected death or severe injury of a friend or close family member
- A diagnosis of a life-threatening condition
- Natural disasters, for example, tsunamis, earthquakes, and severe floods
- Terrorist attacks
- Being held hostage
- Military combat
- Being a witness to violent deaths
- Serious neglect, violence, or prolonged sexual abuse
- A traumatic birth
- Violent personal assaults, such as robbery, mugging, and sexual assault
- Serious road accidents
Yes, you will be able to make a claim for PTSD if you have suffered this due to a car accident. When making any sort of claim, you can claim for both the physical and psychological injuries. PTSD falls into the latter category, and you can call us for more information on PTSD compensation rates for this.
The most common type of PTSD claims involve those made against the military, as PTSD is often experienced by those who have worked in the navy, air force, or army. The key here is proving that the military is responsible for what has happened to you. PTSD compensation success stories include those whereby the military has not provided the correct support for the individual.
You can also make a PTSD compensation claim if you have suffered PTSD due to your employer. Many individuals worry about doing this, as they fear that their employer will sack them. It is an understandable concern, however, it is not one you should worry about. All employers recognise that it is their duty to provide a safe and healthy working environment. If they fail to do so, they know they must compensate the victim, and they will have insurance in place to cover this. If your employer were to dismiss you/ make your leave your job, they would only make the situation worse for themselves, as you would then be able to make a claim for unfair dismissal.
The best thing to do is just make sure you handle everything correctly and above board. You will need to inform your employer and/or your safety representative of the incident. All employers are required to have an accident book by law and they will need to record the incident in this book. If you do not inform them of the injury then there could be a few hurdles in the way later down the line when it comes to making a claim.
Aside from this, you simply need to have one of the best accident lawyers on your side fighting your corner to give you the best chance of a successful PTSD claim. We will provide further details on this later in the guide.
Before going ahead and making a PTSD compensation claim, you should check that you have a strong case. No one wants to waste their time and money on a service if they don’t actually have a leg to stand on. Therefore, ask yourself the following three questions first…
Who caused the incident?
There is only one place to begin. Who is responsible for the incident? You need to be able to prove that your suffering occurred as the result of someone else’s error or negligence. You certainly cannot be at fault for the incident in question. If you are partially to blame you still may be entitled to compensation. However, the amount will reflect the fact that you were partly responsible, and thus you will not receive as much compensation as you would if you were completely blameless.
When did the accident happen?
A lot of people are shocked to discover that there is actually a three-year time limit on most personal injury cases. This is three years from the date of the incident. If your injury has occurred over time, which can be the case for PTSD, you will have three years from the date of the diagnosis instead, as it is impossible to pinpoint an accident date.
Did you see a medical professional for your injuries?
Last but not least, it is vital that you have seen a doctor for your injuries. If you haven’t, how are you going to prove that you sustained injuries to begin with? The medical report is the most crucial piece of evidence. It documents your injuries and the recommended treatment, which will be used to calculate the amount of compensation you will get.
Needless to say, if you are going to make a personal injury claim, then the accident lawyers you hire are going to be largely responsible for ensuring you secure the compensation you deserve. However, there are some ways you can enhance your chances of a successful claim. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover more about the key pieces of evidence that will be used when claiming.
- Medical report – There is only one place to begin and this is with the medical report that is provided by your doctor. This is why it is so important to see a medical professional for your injuries if you wish to have any hope of securing compensation. The report they supply we will serve as proof of your suffering; stating the true extent of your injuries as well as the recommended treatment. This will then be used to determine how much money you will be entitled to.
- Witness statements – Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case as well. If anyone witnessed the accident you were involved in, it is a good idea to try and get his or her contact details. You should ask for their name, telephone numbers and address. If they are willing to provide a statement this will act as great proof.
- Photographs – In some cases it can help to take photographs to strengthen your case as well. This could be a photo of your injuries, or it could be photos of damage to your vehicle and even the street if you have been involved in a road traffic accident.
- Receipts – Last but not least, when making a personal injury claim using the services of accident lawyers, you will be able to claim for special damages, i.e. any out of pocket expenses incurred because of your injuries. However, you will need proof, which is why it is imperative to keep any receipts and other relevant documents. Examples of special damages include loss of income, prescription costs, the cost of repairing your vehicle, travel expenses and much, much more.
Of course, you also need to choose a lawyer with care too! Making a compensation claim for the first time can be confusing to say the least. You have hundreds of PTSD solicitors to choose from and there is so much information to take in. Unfortunately, this can mean that mistakes often occur. We don’t want this to happen to you, so learn by other peoples errors by taking a look at some of the most common below.
Hiring a solicitor that charges by the hour
If you do this then you are pretty much guaranteed to be subject to hefty bills. Moreover, you are putting yourself in an extremely risky position. Can you really afford to spend all of that money when there is every chance that your case may not be a success? Instead, you should go for a No Win No Fee post-traumatic stress syndrome claims solicitor. By doing this you will not need any money to start your claim and you can be sure that risk is minimised significantly, as you will not need to pay any legal fees if the solicitor does not win compensation for you.
Taking too long to hire a lawyer
This is another error a lot of people make. They think they have all the time in the world, but this is simply not the case. You have three years from the date of the accident. Three years may seem like a long time but court proceedings have to be issued within the timeframe. Furthermore, the longer you leave it the more difficult you are making it for yourself. You will find it tough to remember things and gathering evidence will not be as easy either.
Failing to read customer reviews
One of the best ways to get an honest insight into the level of quality a solicitor can provide is to read reviews that have been left by previous customers. If someone has a bad reputation this is something you should be able to pick up on with ease, as you can rest assured that plenty of unhappy clients will have taken to the Internet to warn others from making the same mistake as they did.
Are you worried about the cost of using claims solicitors? You are not alone. You may be shocked by the number of people that have avoided making a compensation claim due to the extortionate fees charged by personal injury solicitors. They fear that they could end up spending a fortune only to then miss out on compensation. It is an understandable concern, but it does not need to be this way. With that being said, read on to discover everything you need to know.
The cost of using claims solicitors
The cost of using claims solicitors differs from law firm to law firm and solicitor to solicitor. One thing that you should never do is simply look for the cheapest personal injury lawyer you can find. If you do this, it is highly likely that you are going to suffer at the hands of an inexperienced solicitor or one that has a bad record. This is only going to cost you more money in the long run if the solicitor loses your claim.
There is one way you can ensure that you get a good deal without missing out on quality, and this is to opt for a lawyer that works on a No Win No Fee basis. This will offer you a degree of financial protection.
What is a No Win No Fee solicitor?
A No Win No Fee solicitor is a legal expert that agrees to work to a payment structure whereby you will only pay him or her legal fees if they successfully secure compensation for you. This lowers the monetary risk, as it means you won’t find yourself paying extortionate sums to then miss out on complex PTSD compensation. It also gives you the peace of mind that the solicitor is only going to take on your case if they genuinely feel you have a strong chance of getting a payout, as their pay is based on performance. If you opt for a lawyer that charges per hour, there is always going to be the chance that they are taking on your case simply to take your money, irrespective of what the outcome is likely to be.
If you have been the victim of PTSD, Advice.co.uk can give you the help and information you need so that you can secure compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We have made the process as easy as possible. Simply follow the steps outlined below. We know that you are going through a difficult time at the moment and the last thing we want to do is make it worse for you.
|Contact our team by email, phone, or post.||Our team will assess your claim.||Once you are ready, we can then start your claim.|
If you would like to contact our team for more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us on 0161 696 9685. You will speak to an experienced advisor who will answer your questions and help you to determine if you have a strong case. You can also enter your details and we will call you back at the earliest opportunity.
MIND – PTSD – Information to support victims of PTSD
The NHS on PTSD – Here’s what the NHS say about PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and driving – The government website about PTSD medical conditions