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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: UK lawyer explains how much you can claim for PTSD following a severe accident trauma

Post traumatic stress syndrome: find out what post traumatic stress syndrome is, the symptoms you are likely to suffer following a trauma, the importance of diagnosis in claiming compensation with examples of compensation amounts you can claim.

What is post traumatic stress syndrome?

Post traumatic stress syndrome comes by several names, including post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, post trauma stress or anxiety.

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PTSD is an extreme anxiety condition and can be developed following a severe accident in which you feared for your life or were extremely frightened. This might be in a car crash, a serious accident at work or even a criminal assault.

Complex post traumatic stress syndrome can be caused from exposure to a frightening scenario for an extended period of time or repeated trauma as in abuse claims.

Statistically - females are more prone to post trauma stress disorder than males.

What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome?

Symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome can be vary - some can involve extreme anxiety, flashbacks to the trauma event, withdrawal from people or locations that remind you of the event, anxiety attacks and difficulties functioning socially or at work.

For example - a motorcyclist with post traumas stress might avoid roads and friends associated with the biker's world.

To claim compensation should you have your PTSD diagnosed?

"Yes" - post traumatic stress syndrome is diagnosed by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist.

Your solicitor will arrange for an independent medical consultant to examine you to produce a report, which will describe the severity of the anxiety you are suffering and give a prognosis as to how long it is likely you will suffer symptoms or whether the symptoms could affect your life permanently.

How much compensation can you claim for post traumatic stress disorder in 2013?

Once you are diagnosed by a medical specialist - the amount of compensation you can claim in 2013 for post traumatic stress syndrome following an accident in the UK is as follows:

1. Minor symptoms with full recovery settlements

If the post traumatic stress you suffered was relatively minor and you recovered from the anxiety with no real further effects you can expect a compensation settlement of: £2,800 - £6,000

2. Ongoing minor symptoms claims calculator

If you are still suffering ongoing symptoms, which are not emotionally disabling at the time your claim settles you could expect an average claim payout settlement amount for PTSD of: £6,000 - £17,000

3. Permanent severe effects of post trauma stress disorder

If you are likely to have permanent severe disabling psychological anxiety effects, which could affect you socially or your ability to work the amount of compensation you can claim is claculated in quite a wide range between: £17,000 - £72,000

Post traumatic stress syndrome summary

On this page you have seen the amount of compensation you can claim for post traumatic stress syndrome following a severe trauma accident in the UK.

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