Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: UK lawyer explains how much you can claim for PTSD following a severe accident trauma
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 for different PTSD anxiety levels.
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.
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 disorder?
Symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome can 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 PTSD 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?
Once you are diagnosed by a medical specialist – the amount of compensation you can claim in 2020 for PTSD 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: £3,400 – £7,200
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: £7,200 – £20,300
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 calculated in quite a wide range between: £20,300 – £52,500
Post traumatic stress syndrome summary
On this page you have seen the amount of compensation you can claim for different degrees of post traumatic stress syndrome following a severe trauma accident in the UK.
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