Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Often referred to as PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder which can be triggered or caused by a very stressful or distressing event. Whilst it is often associated with soldiers returning from combat situation, PTSD can also affect those suffering the after effects of a traumatic accident.
If you are suffering with PTSD following an accident which you did not cause, then you have the right under English law to make a compensation claim in Stoke Gifford.
The Causes of PTSD
Because so many people react differently to different situations, it can be very difficult to give an exact reason as to why PTSD affects some people and not others. What is widely accepted, though, is that there is always a trigger situation. This could include:
- A car accident;
- An incident at work;
- An explosion; or
- A violent physical assault.
The symptoms of PTSD can manifest immediately after the event, but in many cases it may take weeks or even months after the triggering event. For this reason, it can be very difficult for a medical practitioner to diagnose and treat PTSD.
As with many cognitive diseases, the symptoms of PTSD can manifest differently in different people. Whilst some people might find themselves reliving their ordeal in the form of nightmares or flashbacks, others might suffer insomnia, difficulty concentrating, extreme tension and anger, the urge to lash out physically and guilt (known as survivor’s guilt).
What is common with PTSD is that these symptoms, however they occur, are often severe enough that they have a significant impact on the sufferer, often preventing them from being able to function normally.
As hopeless as the situation and the symptoms may appear, certainly at first, it is possible to successfully treat post-traumatic stress disorder, even if the symptoms and effects take some time to become apparent. Although treatment will depend on the sufferer and their specific symptoms and circumstances, popular treatments may include:
- Watchful waiting – observing the symptoms to establish patterns and improvements;
- Active treatment – trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy or another proven method; and
Making a Compensation Claim in Stoke Gifford
If PTSD has affected your life, or that of a loved one, as a result of an accident which you did not cause, you have the right to make a compensation claim in Stoke Gifford.
Not only could a successful compensation claim in Stoke Gifford provide recognition of the pain and suffering you have undergone as a result of circumstances you were not responsible for, but they could also allow you and your family the financial support you need as you recuperate. The symptoms of PTSD could force you to take time away from work, and as such your earnings may be affected.
Accident Advice Helpline have 15 years’ experience supporting people like you who have received injuries they did not cause. Our 30-second test could tell you whether you’re entitled to make a compensation claim in Stoke Gifford and we can support you as you do. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on making your claim.