Post-traumatic stress disorder – often referred to simply as PTSD – can occur following any emotional or stressful experience. Learning how you develop PTSD is an educational experience, because you will be better able to identify the symptoms of PTSD, in case they should arise in your own life. If they do, and they stem from a serious accident or injury caused by a third party, even by accident, you may be able to make a post-traumatic stress disorder claim.
Doesn’t this involve soldiers and others on the front line rather than ordinary people?
Some people do assume this, but in fact, post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone. People in stressful jobs may be more prone to seeing horrific things – think of police officers, firefighters, and others in similar professions, for example. However, anyone can find themselves in a situation whereby PTSD is a real possibility. This may not crop up straight away, either – in the shock of the event, you may not realise until later than you have any issues.
Treating PTSD is very important, because it is difficult to combat this condition on your own. If you suspect you have it, or you have symptoms associated with it, a visit to your GP should be your first task. Many know the long-term effects of PTSD and how they can make it difficult to move on. Being treated quickly can have a marked effect on the outcome, and prevent the condition from worsening further. This also means you have an increased chance of gaining a better prognosis.
If you are wondering about making a post-traumatic stress disorder claim, you should first of all think about getting treatment from a medical professional. There is a three-year time limit in which a claim must be made for it to be valid, so there is plenty of time to think about this. Getting help is by far the most important thing to focus on in this instance.
How can PTSD change your life?
PTSD can involve flashbacks to the situation that triggered the condition. It may involve nightmares, as well as an inability to cope with your life at present. Claiming for PTSD is no big surprise, because people find it a struggle to get through their daily life while experiencing the powerful emotional and mental symptoms associated with it. Trying to cope with these symptoms – along with many others that may manifest themselves – can be hard. It’s no wonder feeling drained and tired are just two of the things you might experience if you are suffering from this condition.
You can probably see why a post-traumatic stress disorder claim does make good sense if you are going through this experience, too. We can assist you in finding out if you do have a strong case, and if so, we can help you through it from start to finish.
If you are thinking of the cost of claims for PTSD, you should know that many personal injury claims (those for psychological injury as well as physical injury) are handled as no-win, no-fee claims. This means you would not pay solicitors’ fees if your case wasn’t successful from your point of view. It opens up the possibility of claiming to people who may not have done so otherwise.
Why might you develop PTSD?
We have touched on this already, but it is worth delving into the topic in more detail. No one ever expects to be involved in a situation that could lead to PTSD, but we all have different sensibilities. We also cannot tell whether we could be injured in an accident, or be a witness to something that happens that doesn’t leave our minds.
For example, let’s suppose you are in a car accident that leaves you with serious injuries. You may find yourself reliving the moment of the accident – perhaps in your sleep, or while you are awake. It is possible to have visions of what happened while you are awake – an experience that is hard to cope with for many.
Depression and anxiety can follow on as well, although different people are likely to experience PTSD in different ways. However, if you’ve been through a traumatic experience and someone else was ultimately to blame for creating that experience, a post-traumatic stress disorder claim could be a natural conclusion for you. It can be hard to tell if you have enough evidence for a post-traumatic stress disorder claim to go ahead, but if you are able to speak with a personal injury lawyer, they can provide the support and insight you need at this crucial moment.
The key is to remember you are not alone. Seek medical advice for your symptoms, seek counselling, and seek advice from us as well.
Talk to us about a potential post-traumatic stress disorder claim today
None of us ever expect to be in a serious accident, no matter how it is caused. We would also never expect to witness such an accident, and yet this too could result in PTSD because of the experience we’ve had.
If you are curious to know whether a post-traumatic stress disorder claim could be successful for you, the answers are available from Accident Advice Helpline today, on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you could make a quick call on your mobile, on 0333 500 0993. We are standing by to give you the benefit of our advice here today.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen