Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by distressing or frightening events. It can affect anybody of any age, and it’s estimated that one in three people who are exposed to traumatic events will develop the condition. If you have been affected and you’re wondering, “Who’s to blame for my PTSD?” or if a loved one has developed the disorder after exposure to frightening events, you might be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline within three years of your exposure to trauma to see if you’re eligible to make a claim – we can help to assess who’s really at fault for your PTSD.
What causes PTSD?
PTSD symptoms can vary but usually include flashbacks and nightmares. Sufferers may feel guilty, isolated and often irritable and find it hard to sleep or concentrate. As you can imagine, this can have a significant impact on their daily lives and many find it impossible to work or study, which can lead to feelings of depression and further anxiety. PTSD that somebody else is responsible for could be a result of:
- Witnessing a serious accident
- Witnessing a violent event
- A serious road traffic accident
- Being involved in a life-threatening episode
In any of these situations you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, even if you’re unsure who’s to blame for your PTSD. In the event of developing PTSD after a serious accident, this is something that can be considered in addition to any physical injuries you may or may not have suffered. If you are worried about having to relive the event, remember that many claims never actually end up in court.
How much compensation could I get?
Regardless of who’s to blame for your PTSD, you could be awarded a substantial amount of compensation, depending on how your disorder affects your daily life. For example if you are unable to work, you could be compensated for loss of earnings both now and in the future. The best way to find out how much compensation you could claim is to take the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
You can also pick up the phone and give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim for compensation. There’s no need to worry about paying expensive legal fees as our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so there are no upfront fees to lose sleep over!
Date Published: August 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton