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Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Claim Payouts: PTSD Compensation Calculator

Find out what post traumatic stress syndrome claim 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 for different severities of PTSD.

Payout Table For Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Claims In 2023

Our payouts table sets out the amount of compensation you can claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by post traumatic stress syndrome. In addition – you are entitled to claim compensation for financial loss and expense (see later in this article).

Post Traumatic StressClaim Payouts
Symptoms up to 2 years
£4,000 – £8,000
Ongoing moderate symptoms
£8,000 – £23,000
Permanent moderate severe symptoms
£23,000 – £60,000
Permanent severe symptoms
£60,000 – £101,000

What is a post traumatic stress syndrome claim?

If you experience PTSD as a result of the negligence or breach of statutory duty (legal fault) of another person, business or some other body (such as the council) you may be entitled to make a post traumatic stress syndrome claim for compensation. Such compensation can include money for your pain and suffering caused by the PTSD condition plus financial loss and expense as a direct result of your injuries.

Different names for post traumatic stress syndrome

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

Extreme anxiety condition

PTSD is an extreme anxiety condition and can be developed following an accident in which you feared for your life and felt powerless to prevent the events unfold or were extremely frightened. It can also occur when you are in fear for the life of someone close and feel powerless to intervene.

Complex post traumatic stress syndrome

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.

Females are more prone to PTSD

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

Examples of post traumatic stress syndrome claims

Some accidents that might caused post traumatic stress include a high speed car crash, being hit by a vehicle on a pedestrian crossing, a serious accident at work or by physical or sexual abuse.

What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder?

Symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome can vary – some can involve extreme anxiety, nightmares, 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.

In the worst case of PTSD you might experience  an effect on your basic functions, such as your breathing and heart rate (causing panic attacks) and your bladder or bowel control.

For example – a motorcyclist with PTSD might avoid roads and friends associated with the biker’s world.

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Do you need a diagnosis of PTSD to be able to claim compensation?

“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?

The amount of compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for your anxiety disorder depends on the severity of your condition. Some examples of compensation payouts in 2023, include:

PTSD symptoms of up to 2 years

If your recovered from the main symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder within 1 – 2 years following your accident and that recovery was either complete or you are only left with relatively minor symptoms – you can expect a compensation settlement of between £4,000 – £8,000.

Watch out – the law for compensation calculations for road traffic accidents changed on 31 May 2021. Any mild psychological injury, such as travel anxiety, up to 2 years will attract far lower compensation sums than those shown here.

Moderate ongoing post traumatic stress symptoms

If you recovered from the worst symptoms of PTSD, but are still suffering more than minor symptoms which are not emotionally disabling – you could expect an average claim payout settlement amount of between £8,000 – £23,000.

Permanent moderately severe ongoing symptoms

If you have recovered from some of the worst symptoms, but are left with significant disability and disabling psychological anxiety effects for the foreseeable future – the amount of compensation you can claim is calculated in quite a wide range between £23,000 – £60,000.

Most severe post traumatic stress syndrome

In the most severe cases of PTSD – you will have permanent life changing effects, which might include – reduced or inability to work, deterioration in relationships with family and friends, vulnerability to further psychological problems and a marked effect on ability to function in every day life.

This severe type of post traumatic stress will lead to the largest calculations of compensation of between £60,000 – £101,000.

Please be aware – the compensation calculations relate to accident claims and not criminal assaults. Criminal injury claims are subject to a different valuation basis set out by the CICA.

PTSD Summary

In this article you have seen the types of symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome you might experience following a severe trauma accident with examples of the amount of compensation you can claim for different durations of symptoms and ongoing disability.

See our specialist solicitor free online and telephone help options – including asking your own online question concerning post traumatic stress, calling direct to our solicitors about claiming compensation or arranging a solicitor callback.