Claim Settlement Figures For PTSD Sufferers

If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to an incident caused by third-party negligence, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. There are a number of situations in which a third party owes you a duty of care. 

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PTSD claims guide

Throughout this article, we’ll explain what post-traumatic stress disorder is, and potential claim settlement figures for those who suffer from it. We will also explain the process of starting a claim for compensation if you’ve sustained this kind of injury because of negligence. 

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  1. What Is PTSD?
  2. Incidents That Could Cause Long-Term Trauma
  3. What Do I Need To Make A PTSD Claim?
  4. Calculating Compensation For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  5. What Does No Win No Fee Mean?
  6. Learn More About PTSD Claims

What Is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is caused by living through distressing or traumatic events. It can manifest immediately or can begin to show symptoms weeks, months, or even years after the event. Symptoms of this condition can include panic attacks, insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Any situation that you find traumatic can cause PTSD. For example, if you survive a severe car accident, you might find that your mental health is impacted as a result. Or, if you suffer a sudden and traumatic injury at work, you may then develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that prevents you from returning to work.  

PTSD Statistics

According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 822,000 workers suffered from stress, depression, or anxiety in 2020/21. It is estimated by the NHS that 1 in 3 people who suffer a traumatic experience go on to develop PTSD. 

Contact our advisors today for free legal advice and help to start your claim. An advisor could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to work on your claim. 

Incidents That Could Cause Long-Term Trauma

As we mentioned above, any incident that you find traumatic can cause PTSD. We’ve compiled a list of potential situations that could cause long-term trauma, and lead to a claim for compensation.

  • Severe road traffic accidents: The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlined each road user’s duty of care to each other and the Highway Code shows the ways that road users are expected to act and the hierarchy of responsibility. If you are involved in a road accident due to someone else breaching their duty of care, you could develop PTSD and you might be able to claim as a result.
  • Serious accidents in public: The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of care owed to you by the owner of a public place you might be visiting; this can cover businesses as well as organisations like the local council. For example, if there is a fire in a supermarket and there are no working fire alarms, this is a breach of their duty of care. This means you could be eligible to claim for serious psychological injuries you might suffer following a life-threatening event like being trapped in a burning building.

Contact our team of advisors today to find out if a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel can help you make your personal injury claim. 

What Do I Need To Make A PTSD Claim?

To make a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that a third party is at fault for your injury or illness. Because of this, it’s a good idea to start collecting evidence as soon as possible. If you choose to hire legal representation your solicitor can help you do this.

Below are some examples of how you could prove your personal injury claim:

  •  Medical records: Getting an official diagnosis of PTSD can ensure you get the help you need, but it also may help to support your claim.
  • CCTV footage: You can request CCTV that you appear in; it could show the lead up to the accident happening which may corroborate your version of events. 
  • Witness statements: Ask anyone who might have witnessed the accident for their contact details. They could then be contacted later to provide witness statements.
  • Get legal advice: Our advisors are on hand to offer free legal advice and help to start your claim; all you need to do is get in touch today. While it’s not a legal requirement, it could help the claims process feel easier than it would otherwise. 

 For more information on what evidence you could use to support your claim, speak with one of our advisors today. 

Calculating Compensation For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

You will be awarded general damages if your claim is successful. General damages cover the pain and suffering caused by your injury or illness, and the amount you are paid is determined on a case-by-case basis with the help of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

This document contains a list of injuries with corresponding compensation brackets, but it’s important to remember that these brackets are just guidelines, not guarantees. We’ve compiled some examples these PTSD brackets in the table below.

PTSD TypeCompensation BracketNotes
Severe£56,180 to £94,470Permanent effects that prevent the injured person from working or living as they would have pre-trauma.
Moderately Severe£21,730 to £56,180Effects which cause significant disability, but have a chance of future recovery.
Moderate£7,680 to £21,730Minimal to no grossly disabling effects with a good chance of recovery.
Less Severe£3,710 to £7,680Only minor symptoms persisting after a full recovery within one to two years.

As part of your claim, you will also be invited to a medical assessment. The report generated from this will be used to work out how much compensation you’re entitled to.

You could also be entitled to a second head of compensation known as special damages. Special damages cover any financial loss you might incur due to your condition.

This can include expenses like travel costs for hospital visits and or loss of earnings if you’ve had to take time off work. You will need to provide proof of these losses, so it’s advisable to save any relevant bills, invoices, receipts, or payslips that can demonstrate the costs you’ve incurred. 

For a more detailed valuation of your claim, get in touch with our team of advisors today.

What Does No Win No Fee Mean?

You do not need to hire legal representation to make a personal injury claim for PTSD, but a No Win No Fee solicitor can make the process feel less stressful. A solicitor can help you gather evidence, estimate how much your claim might be worth, and provide expert legal advice.

 A No Win No Fee agreement means you will not pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor. If your claim succeeds, your solicitor will take a previously agreed percentage of your award as a success fee.

This amount is capped by law to ensure that you get the majority of your compensation. However, if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay anything to your solicitor.

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors are on hand to help you start your personal injury claim now. Get in touch with our team for free legal advice. 

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