Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can result from distressing, very stressful or frightening events. This guide looks at PTSD claims and how a compensation calculator could provide an estimate accurate of how much you could be owed. It will also discuss the eligibility criteria that must be met in order to seek compensation for this type of harm.
You are owed a duty of care in certain situations, such as at work, on the road and in a public place. We’ll be discussing the different types of accidents and injuries that could result from a third party failing to uphold their duty of care and cause you to experience PTSD as a result.
Furthermore, we will look the process of seeking compensation, including the steps you can take to support your potential claim, such as gathering evidence and seeking legal advice.
You may wish to hire a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent your claim. This option can mitigate the financial risk of accessing a solicitor’s services. We will explore the services the solicitors from our panel could offer in more detail throughout this guide.
To learn more, please continue reading. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our advisors by:
- Filling out our ‘contact us’ form online
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A person could experience PTSD for several reasons, such as:
- Being involved in a traumatic accident, such as a serious road traffic accident
- Sustaining life-changing injuries, such as spinal cord damage that permanently affects mobility and causes paralysis or an amputation
- Witnessing a traumatic accident, such as seeing a colleague lose a limb in a serious faulty machinery accident at work
You can claim compensation for PTSD alone or alongside a physical injury. However, in order to seek compensation, you must be able to demonstrate that negligence occurred. This involves:
- A third party owing you a duty of care
- Breaching the duty of care they owed
- Causing you to sustain physical or emotional harm as a result.
If you are eligible to make a claim, the compensation you could receive will be influenced by different factors. As part of the process for PTSD claims, a compensation calculator could provide an estimate of how much you could receive.
We have provided an alternative to this in the section below. Read on to learn more.
The settlement you could be awarded after making a successful PTSD claim could consist of general damages and special damages.
General damages seek to compensate for the emotional and physical pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. In order to calculate the value of this head, legal professionals can use the Judicial College Guidelines. This document contains compensation brackets that correspond to different types of injuries, both physical and psychological.
We have included these in the table below. However, these figures are in no way guaranteed. This is due to the many different variables that are taken into account when valuing general damages.
|Paralysis||£324,600 to £403,990||(a) Tetraplegia or quadriplegia.|
|Paralysis||£219,070 to £284,260||(b) Paraplegia.|
|Brain Damage||£282,010 to £403,990||(a) Very Severe: The person needs full-time nursing care.|
|Amputation of Arms||£240,790 to £300,000||(a) Both arms are lost reducing the person to a state of considerable helplessness.|
|Leg Injuries||£240,790 to £282,010||(a) Amputation (i) Both legs are lost.|
|Hand Injuries||£140,660 to £201,490||(a) Both hands are completely or effectively lost.|
|Anxiety Disorder||£59,860 to £100,670||(a) Severe: Cases will involve permanent side effects which will prevent the injured person from working at all, or functioning anywhere near the level they were before their accident.|
|Anxiety Disorder||£23,150 to £59,860||(b) Moderately Severe: This bracket is distinct from the above one because some recovery can be made with professional help.|
|Anxiety Disorder||£8,180 to £23,150||(c) Moderate: Injured person will have mostly recovered and any continuing effects will not be hugely disabling.|
|Anxiety Disorder||£3,950 to £8,180||(d) Less Severe: A full recovery will be made within one to two years.|
Psychological Injury Claim – What Else Could I Receive?
For PTSD claims, a compensation calculator may not be able to assess how much you could be owed under special damages. This is because special damages compensate for the financial losses caused by your injuries which are calculated on a case by case basis.
Examples of the losses you could claim back can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Cost of care
- Travel expenses
- Medical expenses, such as the cost of counselling
To prove these losses, you can provide evidence such as receipts, payslips and invoices.
For more information on the compensation you could receive following a successful PTSD claim, get in touch on the number above.
Several third parties owe a duty of care, such as employers, those in control of a public space and road users. The duty of care they owe can vary, for example:
- The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines the duty of care an employer owes their employees to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of them sustaining harm at work. If this duty of care is not upheld and you experience harm as a result, you may be able to make an accident at work claim.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of care the party in control of a public space has to ensure the reasonable safety of those visiting the space. If they fail to do so, causing you to experience harm, you could make a public liability claim.
- Road users have a duty of care to ensure that they navigate the roads in a way that prevents others from experiencing harm. This is outlined in the Road Traffic Act 1988. Additionally, The Highway Code contains guidance for different road users to follow as well as rules which the law backs. If this duty of care is not upheld and you sustain harm as a result, you may be able to make a road traffic accident claim.
It’s important that you are able to prove that a third party who owed you a duty of care, failed to uphold it and caused you harm as a result. Read on to learn more about the evidence you could collect to support your potential claim.
Alternatively, call our team to discuss PTSD claims and how a compensation calculator could help you get an accurate estimate of how much you could be owed.
There are several steps you can take following an accident that caused you PTSD, such as:
- Gathering evidence: This can include pictures of the accident, CCTV footage or witness contact details. It can also include medical records that provide details on your injuries.
- Seeking legal advice: Our advisors can provide free legal advice on your potential claim. They may also be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel to represent your case, provided it’s valid and has a chance of succeeding.
You may find it beneficial to use the services of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel. They’ll help you collect any evidence and help you through the different stages of the claims process.
You should also ensure that you start your claim in the relevant time. The personal injury claims time limit to start a claim is generally three years. However, some exceptions apply. Our advisors can provide further guidance if you are unsure how long you have to start your claim.
For more information on how to prove a personal injury claim, please get in touch on the number above.
A solicitor offering a type of No Win No Fee agreement, known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, can typically provide their services without requiring an upfront or ongoing fee. Also, they typically won’t require a fee for the work they have done if your claim fails.
If your claim is a success, they will take a success fee from your compensation. This fee is taken as a percentage which is subject to a legal cap.
The solicitors from our panel can offer their services on this basis. Please get in touch using the details below to find out if you’re eligible to have them represent your claim.
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We hope this guide on PTSD claims and how a compensation calculator could help you understand how much you could be owed has helped. However, if you need any other information, please get in touch with our advisors. They can discuss whether you’re eligible to claim and the steps you could take to seek compensation.
To reach them, you can:
- Fill out our ‘contact us’ form online
- Call on 0113 460 1216
- Chat with one of our advisors via the live chat feature below.
If you’d like to learn more about the personal claims process, then you can read more of our guides:
- Claim Compensation Payouts For Scarring
- Compensation Payouts For A Head Injury Claim
- Settlement Figures For PTSD Sufferers
Additionally, we have provided some external resources you may find beneficial:
- Health And Safety Executive – Employer Responsibilities
- GOV – Road Accident And Safety Statistics
- NHS – First Aid
If you need any other information on PTSD claims and how a compensation calculator could help you estimate your potential payout, call on the number above.
Writer Louis Pen
Editor Meg McConnell