Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Claims | No Win No Fee
By Cat Way. Last Updated 5th December 2023. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be deeply debilitating for a person. And if the condition developed due to an accident, you could be entitled to PTSD compensation.
In this guide, we cover everything related to making a PTSD compensation claim. We discuss the potential causes, such as workplace accidents, military service, a car accident and other traumatic events.
You can also find details on the requirements to make a psychological injury claim, such as the personal injury claims time limit, and discover potential post-traumatic stress disorder payouts.
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- Am I Eligible To Receive PTSD Compensation?
- Time Limits For PTSD Claims
- When Could You Suffer PTSD?
- What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Claim For PTSD Compensation?
- Compensation For PTSD – How Much Could You Receive?
- Claiming Compensation Payouts For PTSD With No Win No Fee Solicitors
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder caused by a traumatic event in a person’s life. Sometimes, PTSD may last just over a month. However, in some cases, PTSD symptoms can last for years or may even be permanent. It can reoccur through flashbacks, such as reliving the traumatic memories and panic attacks. This might be the case if you have been involved in a serious car accident, for example.
If you seek compensation for PTSD, you’ll first need to determine your eligibility to make a personal injury claim. As such, the following should be considered:
- Did someone owe you a duty of care?
- Was that duty of care breached?
- Did you suffer a psychological injury as a result?
Depending on where the traumatic incident happened that triggered your PTSD injury, you are owed a duty of care by certain parties. For example:
- On the road – all road users must take reasonable care to avoid causing injury to any other road users as per the Road Traffic Act 1988
- In the workplace – employers should ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- In a public place – as outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, occupiers of a public place have a duty to ensure visitors are reasonably safe on their premises
On the basis you can provide evidence that highlights somebody else’s negligence caused your personal injury, you may have valid grounds to claim PTSD compensation. You will also need to begin the PTSD compensation claims process within the limitation period. Continue reading for more information about seeking compensation for a psychological injury caused by a traumatic event.
If you would like to make a compensation claim for post-traumatic stress disorder, you must start legal proceedings within the limitation period. This is set at typically three years by the Limitation Act 1980. It can be set at three years from the date of the diagnosis when claiming for PTSD. This is known as the date of knowledge.
However, if an injured party cannot begin legal proceedings themselves, the time limit is suspended. For example, if an injured party lacks the mental capacity to start a claim, the time limit is suspended indefinitely. A litigation friend can start proceedings on their behalf. However, if the injured party regains their mental capacity, the time limit is no longer suspended. This gives them three years from that date to start a claim if a litigation friend has not already begun proceedings.
The time limit is paused for children until their 18th birthday. However, as with those who lack the mental capacity to claim, a litigation friend can start a claim at any time during the suspension.
Call our advisors to find out more about claiming for psychological injuries. In addition, they can assess your claim’s eligibility. If it seems valid, our advisors can help you get a claim for your psychological injury started right away.
As discussed above, you could develop PTSD following any sort of traumatic event, even without a physical injury, or as a witness to an incident where another person suffered an injury.
A few examples of where you could suffer PTSD include:
- An accident at work. You may have witnessed a colleague suffering an injury in a serious accident, or you may have been in an accident that caused a life-changing injury, such as amputation or paralysis that caused you to experience a psychological injury as a result. As long as you can prove that it was a breach in your employer’s duty of care that caused your mental injury, you might be eligible to make a work-related PTSD claim.
- A road traffic accident. You may have been involved in a car accident after another driver failed to check their mirrors before overtaking on a motorway. As a result, you may have witnessed the passenger in your car sustain a fatal injury leading to you suffering PTSD. Compensation for your psychological injury could be awarded as long as you can prove a breach of duty by the road user caused you harm.
- An armed forces incident. For example, you may have been in target practice training when you witnessed a colleague being shot with a real bullet due to a failure to ensure equipment was safe and fit for purpose.
Your post-traumatic stress disorder claim could include compensation for a physical injury as well as a mental injury, or you could make a compensation claim for emotional harm alone. As with all personal injury claims, you must be able to prove that it was a breach of the duty of care owed to you that caused the physical and/or mental injury.
Talk to one of our advisors today if you think you could be eligible to claim compensation for PTSD. They can assess whether you have valid grounds for a claim, and if you do, they could connect you with one of our specialist PTSD solicitors.
Evidence is crucial when pursuing compensation for PTSD. The right evidence can help support numerous areas of your claim, including showing the severity of your PTSD, how it occurred, and who is responsible.
One of the benefits of working with a solicitor throughout the psychological traumat claims process is that they can help you collect evidence and find other relevant ways of strengthening your claim.
Some examples of evidence that you could use to support a claim for PTSD include:
- Medical records: Your medical records can provide more details about the severity of your PTSD symptoms, and the way it affects your life. Your medical records may also contain details about what psychological treatment you require. You may also be able to submit a letter from a psychiatrist or therapist with further information about your psychological injury caused by the traumatic experience.
- Witness statements: While you can’t take witness statements yourself, you can take their details so a professional can take their statement at a later date. This could include people who witnessed the traumatic event that caused your PTSD, or the effect the psychological trauma has had on you.
- Symptoms diary: Keeping a diary of how your psychological injury has affected you and your life could also be useful. You may also include details about your medical treatment.
These are only a few examples of evidence that you could use to support your claim. To learn more about claiming PTSD compensation payouts, or to find out if you could be eligible to make a compensation claim for an anxiety disorder, contact our team of advisors today.
If your PTSD claim succeeds, your compensation could contain up to two heads of claim. The first is general damages, which is awarded to all successful claimants. This head of claim covers the pain and suffering you endure as a result of your injuries, both physical and psychological.
Those who value this head of PTSD compensation may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for help. This is a text that offers guideline compensation brackets for a number of different physical and psychological injuries, including PTSD. You can find some examples below, but please note that the first entry is not taken from the JCG.
|Mental Harm And Severe Injuries Plus Financial Losses||Severe injuries and PTSD combined with significant financial losses, such as lost earnings, home adjustments, and counselling costs.||Up to £150,000|
|Psychological Damage - Severe||A very poor prognosis with the person severely struggling to cope with their social and working life, among other issues.||£54,830 to £115,730|
|Psychological Damage - Moderately Severe||The person will suffer significantly with various issues. However, they will have an optimistic prognosis.||£19,070 to £54,830|
|Psychological Damage - Moderate||A good prognosis with the person having made marked improvements.||£5,860 to £19,070|
|Psychological Damage - Less Severe||How long the person suffered the disability for, and how much various activities were impacted will affect how much is awarded.||£1,540 to £5,860|
|PTSD - Severe||Significant and disabling problems that impact everyday life greatly with a very poor prognosis. Home life, work life and relationships with friends and family may be impacted.||£59,860 to £100,670|
|PTSD - Moderately Severe||The person will suffer with significant issues. However, they will have a good prognosis with room for some recovery with professional help.||£23,150 to £59,860|
|PTSD - Moderate||A large recovery will have been made and and continuing effects will not be majorly disabling.||£8,180 to £23,150|
|PTSD - Less Severe||A virtually complete recovery will have been made within 1-2 years.||£3,950 to £8,180|
The second head of claim is known as special damages. This heading covers the financial losses caused by your PTSD, and can include the cost of:
- Lost earnings due to taking time off work to recover.
- Counselling, including cognitive behavioural therapy and other costs towards PTSD treatment.
- Prescriptions and other costs towards medical treatment.
- Travel costs.
These are just a few examples of expenses that could be covered under special damages if you claim compensation for PTSD. When claiming under this heading, you must be able to provide proof of your losses, which could come in the form of bank statements or receipts.
To learn more about claiming compensation for a psychological injury such as PTSD, contact our team of advisors today. They can evaluate your claim for free, and could potentially put you in contact with one of our solicitors.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for PTSD compensation, one of our solicitors could help you. They could help you with gathering evidence, arranging an independent medical assessment and providing you with more information on compensation payouts for PTSD. Additionally, they may offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
When claiming with a solicitor under this arrangement, you will not need to pay them any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. Furthermore, you will not need to pay them for the work they have done on your case should your claim fail.
Should your claim succeed, your solicitor will take a success fee, which is deducted from your settlement award. This is a small percentage with a legal cap.
To learn more about how our solicitors could help you with your PTSD claim, contact our team today. Our advisors can offer a free consultation in which they can offer advice and potentially connect you with one of our solicitors. To get started:
We hope our guide to making a PTSD claim has answered your questions about claiming for a psychological injury caused by a traumatic incident. If you would like to speak to an advisor about claiming compensation, then please get in touch.
Useful Links On Claiming PTSD Compensation
In this final section of our guide, we’ve included some links to help you further with learning about PTSD claims. Remember, if you need free legal advice, give us our team of solicitors a call.
- MIND PTSD Guide – The mental health charity MIND has put together a comprehensive guide on PTSD compensation claims.
- Advice On Driving With PTSD – A government guide providing advice when it comes to driving with PTSD
- Car Accident Claims – PTSD can often develop following traumatic road traffic accidents. If this affects you, our guide may help.
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