Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a serious anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event. People often associate this disorder with soldiers returning from combat, but it can occur after any traumatic event that happens during our normal daily routine. If you are suffering from PTSD and want to understand the facts about post-traumatic stress claims, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress
As mentioned above, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after exposure to a very stressful event. Normally this event would have involved death or the threat of death or serious injury, and the victim would suffer a sense of helplessness and horror. The onset may not be immediately after the event and can develop at any time, sometimes a few months or even years after the traumatic incident.
Some of the common symptoms of PTSD include the following:
- Reliving memories of the traumatic event, causing headaches, sweating and nausea.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Feeling detached from family and friends.
- Irritability towards others.
These symptoms are often constant and severe and so have a significant impact on the sufferer’s everyday life.
Making a post-traumatic stress claim
If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, you might be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Making a post-traumatic stress claim can be more complicated, however, than a straight forward personal injury claim.
Because PTSD is a psychological disorder, it can be difficult to measure the extent of the injury. It is absolutely essential that you seek immediate medical attention and have your PTSD diagnosed by a psychiatrist. In order to make a claim, the following criteria will need to be met:
- The symptoms should last for more than a month and cause a significant impairment or change to your life.
- You will need to be able to prove that you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of the incident for which you are seeking compensation.
- If you are a member of the Armed Forces, you will also need to be able to prove that the army failed to diagnose and treat your condition.
In order to prevent any further stress caused by making a compensation claim, you should make sure that you choose the right lawyer to handle your case. A caring and experienced solicitor will be able to take your claim forward without adding any undue pressure.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to start your post-traumatic stress claim.
We offer a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our experienced advisers to discuss the facts about post-traumatic stress claims. Our advisers will be able to give you an honest assessment of the strength of your claim and can find the best lawyer to handle your case.
In the meantime, if you want an idea of what your claim might be worth, you can also try our quick 30-second test at the top of the page.