Most of us have some awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it is. However, this is a long way from experiencing it and understanding how debilitating it can be. Often, people who suffer from this condition call us to find out about likely compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder, to see whether it is likely they could receive anything.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reveals there are three types of symptoms associated with the condition:
- Experiencing the trauma that triggered the condition repeatedly; this usually occurs while the person is dreaming, and through flashbacks
- A feeling of numbness and a tendency to avoid anything and anyone who may trigger memories of what happened
- Increased alertness – perhaps jumping at noises and feeling irritated and angry very easily
These three groups of symptoms can be very debilitating in daily life. They may manifest themselves in different ways as time goes on, and many people struggle to return to normal life. It’s no wonder people want to know about compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder, if their condition stems from something that happened to them that they didn’t cause.
Which situations might trigger this condition to occur?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines the condition as a disorder that may affect those who have undergone a ‘shocking, scary or dangerous event’. People tend to experience PTSD, as it is commonly known, in different ways. Thus, compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder can vary widely when payments are granted to those who are suffering.
Numerous situations may lead to PTSD developing. However, if you are wondering whether compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder may apply in your case, you must have had an experience that led to injury, and then to PTSD developing as well. Some examples may include:
- Being in a life-threatening situation that caused you injury
- Being in a car accident
- Losing a limb in an accident
- Experiencing a fall from height at work
The NHS provides ample information about the disorder, and goes into more detail about the numerous problems that can arise in conjunction with PTSD. For example, some people experience other mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Others may experience other physical symptoms including headaches, that stem from the effects the PTSD is having on them.
Not everyone suffers from PTSD following an accident. The accident doesn’t have to be serious or life threatening to lead to this condition either. However, if you are enquiring about compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder, and your condition has developed as a direct result of an accident you were injured in, it’s worth finding out more details. If you suffered injuries in the accident and you can prove your PTSD also developed following the accident, you may be right to find out about compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The importance of seeking expert medical advice
It’s vital not to try and struggle on alone if you suspect you have developed PTSD following an injury or accident. It can be very difficult to manage. For example, if you were the driver in an accident where someone else drove into you and caused you to suffer serious injuries, you may be frightened to get back in a car again. If you experience flashbacks, anxiety and other symptoms and these are persistent, you should seek medical advice.
There are two reasons for this. Firstly, your GP may be able to refer you to someone with experience in helping those who are suffering from this disorder. Early intervention is mentioned by NICE, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, as a crucial element of good treatment. Some people may need more treatment than others, but seeking advice at an early stage is undoubtedly very useful.
Secondly, it will also go down on your medical record that you have been diagnosed with PTSD. The charity Mind lists five other terms for PTSD, but they all refer to the same thing. Having a proper confirmation of your diagnosis and a record of it will help if you intend to make a claim after finding out about compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder. Not only could you claim compensation for the physical injuries suffered in an accident triggered by a third party, you may also have the potential to claim compensation for your PTSD symptoms. It costs nothing to find out, and it may result in a potential award that could make life easier for you.
Finding help with compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder
Suffering from PTSD can be devastating, not only for the person involved but for their loved ones as well. The mix of symptoms can be tiring, emotional and overwhelming, and they can disturb your sleep as well as your waking hours. If they are derived from an accident you were not responsible for, and there is proof of negligence on the part of a third party, you have a chance to see if you can receive compensation. There’s no need to know the details – our team has the expertise to guide you throughout the process, no matter what happened to you. If it was within the last three years, you have a chance to progress with a claim.
Give us a call now
You can find out more about the likely compensation values for post-traumatic stress disorder if you contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline today. This can be done by calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. We have over 16 years’ experience of handling all kinds of compensation claims, including those where our lawyers have been able to secure compensation for symptoms of PTSD directly associated with the physical injuries a claimant has suffered. So, if you want to know whether a no-win, no-fee* claim could work for you, with our assured and experienced help of course, call us today to find out where your claim could end up. We are always here to help.
Date Published: 25th August 2013