If you’re experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of a traumatic incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to recover personal injury compensation.
PTSD is frequently associated with serving in the military. However, it’s common for anyone who has gone through trauma – whether it be in a car accident, an accident at work, or childhood sexual abuse, or any form of sexual assault – to experience symptoms of PTSD.
Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors have years of experience providing advice and support for people seeking compensation for PTSD. We deeply understand how significant the effects of PTSD can have on your life.
You may feel isolated and daunted by the prospect of getting help. However, you don’t need to take your first steps towards recovery alone. We’ll be happy to become part of your ongoing support network and help you seek justice and compensation for what happened.
Personal injury claims can be complicated so our goal is to make the process as efficient and straightforward for you as possible. We’ll handle every aspect of the claim on your behalf, including seeking medical expertise to evidence your condition, and negotiating possible settlements with the person or organisation responsible for your condition.
In most cases, we can settle our clients’ PTSD claims amicably out of court using negotiation tactics and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Where the opposing party does not admit fault or won’t make an acceptable offer of settlement, we have extensive experience conducting civil court claims. Our ability to build strong cases for our clients means in the vast majority of claims, the opposition agrees to settle before the case reaches trial.
We’re usually able to offer our personal injury services on a No Win No Fee basis and we offer a free consultation to all new clients to assess your case and discuss your prospects for achieving compensation.
- No WinNo Fee
- FREE initial consultation
- Help with rehabilitation
Our PTSD solicitors’ expertise
We can advise in relation to any case of PTSD which has arisen as result of a traumatic or high-stress incident caused by someone else, including:
- Car accident PTSD claims
- Postnatal PTSD claims
- PTSD at work claims
- PTSD as a result of abuse
- PTSD as a result of negligent medical treatment
- Claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for victims of violent crime
How do no win no fee PTSD claims work?
We accept most of our compensation claim cases on a No Win No Fee basis. Under No Win No Fee Agreements (also known as Conditional Fee Agreements), you don’t have to pay any upfront legal costs. We’ll investigate your case but you’ll only be expected to pay some legal fees if you win your case.
Since 2013, solicitors are only allowed to recover a certain percentage from your compensation, so you can trust that the majority will be yours to keep.
During your free initial consultation with us, we will discuss your case funding options, including our No Win No Fee Agreement structure, so you can start your personal injury claim fully aware of how your funding agreement with us will work and the potential costs involved.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious psychological condition caused by experiencing a highly traumatic event or series of events. Some causes of PTSD include:
- Being involved in a car accident
- Going through a difficult or otherwise traumatic childbirth
- Having an accident at work
- Being the victim of a violent crime
- Being held hostage
- Witnessing the severe injury or death of another person
- Experiencing abuse, including physical, psychological, and sexual abuse
- Experiencing a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood
People who are or were in military service and the emergency services (such as paramedics, police, and firefighters) are particularly at risk of PTSD due to the stressful and often dangerous nature of their jobs.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Reliving the experience through flashbacks
- Reacting to smells, sounds, and sensations which remind you of the traumatic event
- Physical reactions such a sweating, increased heart rate, trembling, and feelings of nausea
- Difficulty sleeping and/or having nightmares
- Emotional outbursts
- “Emotional numbing” – avoiding places and people which remind you of the trauma, refusing to talk to anyone about your experience, and distracting yourself through work or hobbies
PTSD often accompanies a range of other mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and phobias (such as Agoraphobia – a fear of becoming trapped in a situation where things may go wrong).
People with PTSD may try to self-medicate using drugs and alcohol, and often experience life difficulties such as problems at work or relationship breakdowns.
Can I claim compensation for PTSD?
You can claim compensation for PTSD if the condition was caused by the negligence of another person or organisation. To prove negligence in law, you must prove that:
- The person or organisation responsible owed you a duty of care
- They breached their duty (by doing the action or inaction which resulted in your PTSD)
- The breach of duty caused your injuries
- Your injuries were “reasonably foreseeable”
For example, road users owe a duty of care to other road users to take care not to do anything that might cause them harm. If you’re involved in a car accident with a road user who was using a mobile phone whilst driving, they breached their duty of care towards you. If you subsequently sustain PTSD as a result of the accident, that driver can be held legally responsible for your injuries.
The law in this area can be complicated and usually depends on the individual circumstances of each case. Therefore, one of our first steps will be to discuss the events which led to your PTSD. We understand that this may be difficult for you so our sensitive solicitors will take all possible steps to try and minimise stress and make your experience with us comfortable.
How long do I have to make a claim for PTSD?
For personal injury claims, you typically have 3 years from the date of the injury to make a claim. There are some exceptions to this, including:
- The injury didn’t become apparent until later – this is usually the case with PTSD and other psychological conditions. In these cases, the 3 year limitation period doesn’t start running until you become aware of the injury
- The injured person is under 18 – where a child sustains PTSD as a result of someone else’s negligence, their parents or guardians have until they turn 18 to start a compensation claim. Once the child turns 18, they then have a further 3 years to make a claim themselves
- The injured person lacks mental capacity – if you want to make a claim on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity, for example, they have severe learning difficulties, then the 3 year time limit will only start running if the person regains mental capacity
How much compensation can you get for PTSD?
The amount of compensation you receive for PTSD injuries depends on the severity of your condition, the impact on your life, and the prognosis for recovery. For example, you could receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life, including impact on your work, family, and social life
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- The costs of seeking psychiatric treatment
- The costs of travelling to and from medical appointments
- Your legal fees
We can provide detailed advice on the amount of compensation you could receive during our initial consultation.
Why choose IBB Claims’ personal injury solicitors for your PTSD compensation claim?
We are dedicated personal injury solicitors with a broad range of experience helping clients access justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.
Suffering an injury which wasn’t your fault can be frustrating and upsetting, particularly when it results in psychological injuries such as PTSD which can last for months or even years. Our priority is to help restore your quality of life so you can start moving on with your life feeling confident and content.
We are personal injury specialists; each member of our team is an expert in their area with track records of successfully achieving substantial compensation for their clients.
We’ve been recognised for our skills by the Law Society with the Personal Injury Accreditation and the Lexcel Accreditation, the legal practice quality mark for firms which demonstrate exceptional client care and legal practice management. Therefore, when you instruct us, you can trust that we’ll approach your case with sensitivity and the due care and skill you expect from your solicitors.
Our firm is also ranked top tier in the South East by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for our exceptional personal injury services with Malcolm Underhill and Simon Pimlott both recognised as leading lawyers in their areas.
We are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).