A personal injury can have a profound dramatic impact on the life of a person. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the potential consequences of witnessing or being involved in a frightening and distressing event. Symptoms of this disorder can occur right away or not until years after someone has been involved in a traumatic experience.
If you suffer this disorder as a result of an accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Recently, more personal injury advocates have successfully dealt with cases relating to PTSD because along with other psychiatric conditions, it is a common yet devastating consequence of physical injures. Compensation may be obtained for emotional and mental trauma, including PTSD, even if there is no physical injury.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms
To claim compensation for PTSD, you have to obtain a complex medical report stating that you suffer from this condition. Some of the symptoms that may indicate that you have PTSD include:
- Flashbacks and nightmares related to the incident;
- Sweating and shaking;
- Lack of sleep;
- Concentration difficulties;
- Feeling detached from life situations and people;
- Guilty feelings;
- Chest and stomach pains associated with headaches; and
- Dependency on alcohol and drugs.
Primary and secondary victims
Obtaining compensation for PTSD is quite difficult, because the law puts up some barriers to limit psychiatric injury claims, particularly in the absence of physical injuries. In case of physical injuries, the law already includes compensation for stress or anxiety that appears shortly after an unfortunate event. However, if there is no physical injury then the psychiatric injury must be proven. Additionally, compensation for psychiatric injury unrelated to a physical injury is typically allowed only for primary victims.
Primary victims are people directly involved in an accident, even if they escape physically unharmed. On the other side, secondary victims are people who develop psychiatric injury after witnessing shocking events happening to others. Typically, secondary victims are not entitled to compensation for PTSD. However, if these people were first-degree relatives of an injured or deceased person, or the PTSD was triggered by directly seeing or hearing a traumatic event, then they may also be able to file a compensation claim for PTSD.
If a psychiatrist or psychologist confirms that you’re suffering from PTSD, the legal experts here at Accident Advice Helpline are ready to help you to make a claim for compensation. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.