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Stress, Anxiety, Emotional, Tiredness, Psychological injuries also known as Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation claims or Post traumatic stress syndrome.
Although we understand everyone suffers stress at point in their life, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder and severe emotional reaction caused by very stressful, traumatic, frightening or distressing events such as a life threatening event.
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
- Military injuries or combat
- Serious road traffic accidents
- Terrorist attacks
- Natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
- Being held hostage
- Witnessing violent deaths or a major accident
- Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. PTSD can develop in any situation where a person feels extreme fear, horror or helplessness whether they have had an serious road traffic accident, involved in a serious accident at work, violent assault at work, etc.
PTSD affects up to 30% of people who experience a traumatic event. It affects around 5% of men and 10% of women at some point during their life. PTSD can occur at any age, including during childhood.
PTSD may affect your ability to drive safely, so you need to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about your condition.
Symptoms of PTSD
Someone with PTSD will experience:
- Reliving the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks or bad memories
- Feelings of isolation, irritability, anger and guilt
- Difficulty forming close relationships
- Chronic illness such as headaches, stomach upsets, dizziness, chest pain and general aches and pains, and a weakened immune system
- Problems sleeping, such as insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoidance of being in same situation again (avoid driving)
- Refusing to discuss experience
- Guilt (especially if someone else died)
- Sweating and shaking
- Difficulty breathing (anxiety, heart palpitations, panic attacks)
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
In most cases the symptoms disappear in the days and the weeks following the event. But some people have such severe symptoms they will find it difficult or impossible to lead a normal life.
Can I claim for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Yes you can. If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD then call Johnson Law Solicitors today. We have over 50 years personal injury experience dealing with cases for post traumatic stress disorder.
We have successfully brought cases to a successful conclusion and got the right level of compensation for this disorder for our clients, together with loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, payments for any future medical assistance and possible future rehabilitation costs to help you recover from this debilitating illness.
We will ensure your case is handled sensitively and by an expert PTSD lawyer. We can arrange for you to be put in touch with local support groups to assist you in your recovery.
Call us for free legal advice and help today on 0800 130 0699 or complete our online claim form.
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