An overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that can affect anybody of any age following a distressing and frightening event in their life. Symptoms of PTSD can occur immediately or sometimes even years after witnessing or being involved in a traumatic experience.
If you suffer from PTSD as a result of an incident such as a car accident, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
PTSD was initially recognised during the First World War when a great number of soldiers suffered from distressing memories of life in the trenches. At the time, medics referred to the condition as 'shell shock' and 'battle fatigue syndrome' but now PTSD has become a recognised condition that can be resolved with a variety of different treatments.
It has been reported that PTSD will affect 5% of men and 10% of women at some point in their lifetime after having experienced a traumatic event such as a car crash, accident at work or sudden death of a loved one. Once PTSD had been diagnosed by a doctor, any person suffering from the disorder may consider contacting a compensation solicitor to make a personal injury claim.
PTSD symptoms can include the following:
- Nightmares and flashbacks to the incident
- Shaking and sweating
- Feeling detached from those around you
- Concentration difficulties
- Lack of sleep
- Sudden outbursts of anger
- Guilt feelings
- Severe depression, anxiety and phobias
- Dependency on alcohol or other drugs
- Illnesses such as headaches and stomach and chest pains
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are different options of treatment available for people suffering from PTSD including psychotherapy and medication.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - This type of therapy can be offered to people suffering from PTSD as it aims to influence everyday thoughts into positive thinking. People can work towards overcoming their negative experience by using mental imagery of the event and by also writing down their feelings. Like any type of treatment, CBT is something that should be considered in the compensation amount when making a personal injury claim for PTSD.
Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - This form of therapy and its long-term benefits are still considered somewhat controversial. The process of EMDR requires a patient to move their eyes from side to side as they think about the major event that has caused the PTSD such as a road traffic accident or workplace accident. This form of therapy appears to relieve the sufferer from some of the anxieties and stress that they are under while suffering the personal injury, but how long the symptoms will be resolved for is not guaranteed.
Medications - Symptoms such as depression and anxiety, can be treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants such as paroxetine, fluoxetine and benzodiazepine. Making a personal injury claim for a traumatic event can arouse such feelings of anxiety and depression and this medication can often relieve the symptoms, however, SSRIs should not be prescribed to anybody under the age of 18.
Compensation amounts for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Severe PTSD - £34,000 to £55,000
Such cases will involve permanent effects which prevent the injured person from working at all or at least from functioning at anything approaching the pre-trauma level. All aspects of the life of the injured person will be badly affected.
Moderately severe PTSD - £12,500 to £31,750
Personal injury claims for moderate PTSD are made when the person is likely to make a better recovery with professional help. However, effects may still cause significant disability for the foreseeable future.
Moderate PTSD - £4,500 to £12,500
In these cases the injured person will have largely recovered and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling.
Minor PTSD - £2,150 to £4,500
In these cases a virtually full recovery will have been made within one to two years and only minor symptoms will persist over any longer period.
Making a compensation claim for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder today
If you have suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through a traumatic event that was no fault of your own then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Our expert panel of associated personal injury solicitors have an excellent success rate and can help you claim compensation for loss of earnings, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
We work under a no win, no fee policy, so there's no risk when it comes to making a claim with us. This means that in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won't face any legal fees and you can concentrate on the most importnat thing; getting better.
To make a claim today, call us on 0800 197 332 and speak to one of our friendly advisors who will guide you through the process of making a personal injury claim. Alternatively, you can chat online to an advisor or request a call back for a time that is more convenient for you.