By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 11th May 2022. Welcome to this guide to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation. If you’re considering making a PTSD claim, it may be only natural to wonder what the average compensation for PTSD could be. In this guide, we explain how PTSD compensation payouts in the UK are calculated and who could make a claim for this condition.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Compensation Claims Explained
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 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 About PTSD Compensation Payouts
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Victim Support
Here at Advice, 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.
It could benefit you to look at past PTSD compensation success stories and the amounts awarded. However, we have put together this information in the PTSD compensation chart below, using figures from the Judicial College Guidelines.
We do not recommend using a personal injury claims calculator without also getting advice as these tools aren’t always a good indication of how much PTSD compensation payouts could be. They could, however, give general guidance on average PTSD compensation payouts.
|The Injury||Notes About the Injury||The Typical Payout Amount|
|Severe post traumatic stress 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.||£59,860 to £100,670|
|Moderately severe post traumatic stress 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.||£23,150 to £59,860|
|Moderate post traumatic stress 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.||£8,180 to £23,150|
|Less severe post traumatic stress 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.||£3,950 to £8,180|
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.
PTSD Compensation Payouts UK – General damages
General damages relates to the compensation you will receive for your injuries. This is calculated based on your injuries.
For an accurate assessment of the severity of your injuries, you will need to attend a medical appointment. A medical professional will evaluate your injuries and how they may continue to affect you in the future. The results of this assessment will be key evidence for deciding how much your general damages payout could be.
More Example PTSD Compensation Payouts
In addition to general damages payments, you could also be eligible for special damages payments. Special damages are calculated in line with the financial losses you have experienced that can be attributed to your injuries. In other words, if negligence has caused you to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, then compensation could reimburse you for associated costs that were out of your control.
We have provided some examples of costs that could be included in a special damages payment for post-traumatic stress claims:
- Loss of earnings – PTSD can be quite disabling. In some circumstances, it could affect your ability to work for a period of time. The symptoms may even mean this issue is permanent. In either scenario, you may lose out on wages. So, the earnings you could or would have earned during your absence may be awarded to you.
- Therapy – Some specialist therapies are not available for free. Therefore, you may have to pay. However, the cost of these could be returned to you.
- Medical costs – For instance, you may require prescription medication for your condition.
It’s vital that you maintain evidence of these expenses. For example, receipts, payslips, and prescription slips can all come in useful when establishing how much your injuries have cost you. PTSD compensation amounts can vary on a case-by-case basis. Get in touch today for bespoke guidance on your own claim.
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.
According to the NHS guide on PTSD, 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 could include 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 could lead to PTSD:
- Unexpected or wrongful 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. You could also claim as the passenger in a car accident if you have suffered PTSD as a result.
When making any sort of claim, you can claim for both physical and psychological injuries. PTSD falls into the latter category, and you can call us for more information on PTSD compensation rates for this.
Those who have worked in the navy, air force or army in battle could experience PTSD and other injuries during service. In these cases, compensation could be awarded by the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). The AFCS focuses on awarding compensation without looking at liability.
For more information about claiming PTSD compensation in these circumstances, please get in touch with our team on the number above.
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.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, it is the duty of an employer to provide a safe and healthy working environment. If they fail to do so, they know they must compensate the victim for an accident at work that causes them injury, and they will have insurance in place to cover this. If your employer were to dismiss you or 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. If a workplace has more than 10 employees, 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, we recommend seeking legal representation for your claim. The right solicitor could help you claim post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation. 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 for PTSD compensation payouts. No one wants to waste their time and money on a service if they don’t actually have a leg to stand on. Therefore, you could consider the following to see if you are eligible.
Who caused the incident?
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 cannot be fully at fault for the incident in question if you want to claim compensation. 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?
There is generally 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 may be difficult 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. 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.
There are some ways you can enhance your chances of a successful claim. Some key evidence that could help you includes:
- Medical report – The report your doctor will supply 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 the accident or your injuries; if there are related physical injuries.
- 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.
Of course, you also need to choose a lawyer with care. Making a compensation claim for the first time can be confusing. 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 from other people’s 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. Instead, you should go for a No Win No Fee post-traumatic stress disorder 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. 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. 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 them 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 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 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.
- Contact our team via our contact form, call us on 0161 696 9685 or message our live chat
- One of our advisors will assess the potential success of your claim
- Once you are ready, they can connect you with an expert solicitor from our panel
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 on our online contact form and we will call you back at the earliest opportunity.
MIND – PTSD – Information to support victims of PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and driving – The government website about PTSD and driving.
Work Related Stress Compensation Claims – Our guide on claiming compensation for work related stress.
Council or Local Authority Compensation Claims Guide – This guide explains how to claim against your local council.
FAQ on Average Compensation Payouts for PTSD in the UK
How much can you claim for PTSD in the UK?
If you look at the average compensation for PTSD in the UK, this could lull you into a false impression of how much compensation you could receive. As we have mentioned, PTSD compensation payouts in the UK are made on a case by case basis. When you make your own claim for post traumatic stress disorder compensation, your specific facts and circumstances, as well as the medical evidence would significantly impact how much you could receive.
Could I claim post traumatic stress disorder compensation as a pedestrian?
Have you suffered PTSD as a pedestrian after being knocked over by a car? If the driver was at fault, you could be eligible for compensation. According to Department for Transport statistics, there were a number of pedestrian accidents on the roads of Great Britain in 2020-21, as you can see in the chart below. Whether you’re looking to make PTSD claims for a hit and run, or against a road user that cannot be identified, please don’t hesitate to call us for advice.
How much is PTSD worth in a lawsuit?
The effects of PTSD on your life would dictate the post traumatic stress disorder compensation you would receive. If it has affected every area of your life, and you are not expected to recover, you’re likely to find that your PTSD claim could bring a significant level of compensation. Please contact us to find out how much PTSD compensation payouts in the UK could bring you.
Final words on post traumatic stress disorder compensation
Hopefully, now you’re aware of how to claim post traumatic stress disorder compensation, as well as how much you could receive in PTSD compensation. If you have further questions about the average payout for PTSD or making a No Win No Fee claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.