Can I make a PTSD Compensation Claim?
PTSD is a complex disorder as it can be the result of a number of unfortunate instances and circumstances that have happened to you in your life. However, if someone else, such as your employer, is at fault for your PTSD, then you may be able to claim compensation.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a lasting mental disorder that happens when you experience an extremely distressing event or period of time in your life. Some brief examples of this might include:
- Witnessing or being involved in a serious accident
- Being the victim of physical or sexual assault
- Being exposed to traumatic events through a serious event at work
- Being the victim of childhood or domestic abuse
- Serving in the military or police
Can I make a PTSD Compensation Claim?
Those who work in the armed forces, the police force, or the emergency services are all at a higher risk of developing PTSD and are able to make a claim if their employer has or is not providing the correct support and mechanisms for this to be managed effectively or avoided.
Whilst it is understood that these types of jobs place you at a higher risk of developing PTSD, an employer should provide in-depth training, counselling or programmes to assist in avoiding it as best as possible.
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What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms fall into three main categories. These are re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper-arousal.
Re-experiencing is the most common symptom that you suffer when you have PTSD. It is when your mind unexpectedly returns to the situation and feelings that have caused your original trauma. This can happen in multiple ways, such as:
- Repeated and distressing images or sensations
- Physical sensations, such as pain, sweating, sickness or shaking
In some cases, you might experience unpleasant feelings of shame and guilt because you mistakenly think that you could have done something to stop this traumatic situation being forced on you.
If you have been the focus of extreme trauma, you may try and avoid it both mentally and also in your day-to-day interactions. You might avoid talking to certain people or going to places that would remind you of the event or time in your life. You may even shut off trying to experience any emotions at all, because then you won’t have to experience any bad ones.
Hyper-arousal is the feeling of being completely unable to relax, and constantly being ‘on edge’. You might feel like you are constantly aware of threats, and very sensitive to your surroundings. Hyper-arousal can often lead to:
- Unreasonable anger
- Problems with sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
In most cases of PTSD, any of these symptoms can develop in the first month after a traumatic event or period of time. However, in some cases, symptoms will begin to appear after a delay of months or even years. If you are suffering from PTSD, you may go through periods of time where your symptoms are better, before they may get worse again.
Not all symptoms are the same and occur at the same time, everyone’s experience can be different. Talking through your situation with one of our trained experts can help determine whether you are eligible to make a PTSD compensation claim.
How We Can Help You with Your PTSD Compensation Claim
PTSD is commonly thought to only affect those serving in the military, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone can be left to suffer from PTSD after experiencing an extremely distressing event or period of time.
Our expert industrial disease solicitors have the understanding and expertise to be able to provide the suitable legal support and advice to help you construct a strong PTSD claim.
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