19 Feb PTSD claims after a road traffic accident
After a particularly traumatic event, such as a horrifying road traffic accident, most people will feel distressed. But if you’re suffering from long-term emotional problems which are diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you might be entitled to compensation.
If the accident which triggered your PTSD was caused by the negligence of a third party, you can make a personal injury claim. This can be submitted as part of road traffic accident claims. It is also possible to make standalone PTSD claims where no physical injuries were sustained. Standalone claims aren’t common but can be pursued after horrific accidents.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental health condition caused by a stressful or terrifying event which is either experienced or witnessed by the sufferer.
It’s normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event. But if issues are particularly troubling or don’t ease after four weeks, the HSE recommends seeking advice from your GP.
PTSD claims are the most common type of psychological injury case pursued. This is because the symptoms of PTSD are usually severe and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
What leads to these types of claims
PTSD claims can arise after:
- Serious road traffic accidents
- Plane crashes
- Distressing cases of medical negligence
- Significant bullying in the workplace
Providing evidence for PTSD claims
Medical reports are required to pursue PTSD claims. It may be some time after the event that you are diagnosed. But sufferers have two years from the date of a traumatic accident to bring forward a personal injury claim for PTSD.
However, in terms of road traffic accident claims, if you receive compensation for physical injuries before being diagnosed with PTSD, you cannot pursue any further damages.
So if you believe you’re suffering from PTSD, make sure to seek medical advice. You should also speak to an experienced personal injury solicitor before pursuing a claim to ensure you receive adequate compensation for all your medical expenses and injuries.
Need help with a claim?
Do you suffer from PTSD after a traumatic event which was caused by the negligence of someone else? Contact Ferrys Personal Injury Solicitors for support and guidance today.