PTSD compensation

PTSD compensation

For getting your life back on track

When you're faced with (PTSD), getting through every day can become a testament to your strength and resilience. But in facing these challenges, it's important to remember that you’re not alone. If your PTSD results from an action or incident caused by someone else, it's only right that you seek the compensation you deserve.

Switalskis understands the impact PTSD can have on your life. Not only are there emotional and impacts, but there can also be significant financial burdens due to a need for therapy, medication, and time off work. Our mission is to offer more than just legal support. We're here to provide a pillar of strength, understanding, and guidance in your time of need. With us by your side, navigating the complexities of PTSD compensation becomes less daunting.

You might also suffer from PTSD if you helped somebody injured in catastrophic circumstances or if you witnessed a traumatic event that injured or killed a loved one.

To see if you are eligible for PTSD compensation, please call our Switalskis team on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

If you have experienced PTSD, taking on a compensation claim may seem like adding additional stress. Switalskis’ expert personal injury solicitors will take on as much responsibility for your claim as possible, so you can focus on the things that matter most to you. 

We believe in the power of understanding, compassion, and expertise. When you're facing the challenges brought about by PTSD, our team stands ready to provide you with all the help and support you may need. No two PTSD experiences are the same, so our approach is never one-size-fits-all. Instead, we meticulously tailor our strategies, carefully considering every detail of your situation and making sure that our path forward is aligned with your aims. We always want to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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Understanding PTSD

PTSD is more than just a clinical diagnosis; it's a challenge that deeply affects the lives of those suffering from it. Beyond the primary emotional and repercussions, some impacts can often warrant compensation. Here's a closer look at the complexities of PTSD and what one might be entitled to claim for:

Reliving traumatic memories

One of the most profound elements of PTSD is being forced to relive traumatic events, an experience that can manifest as flashbacks and nightmares. Flashbacks are not mere memories but intense, often distressing replays that blur the lines between past and present, potentially affecting daily routines and sleep patterns.

Heightened emotional responses

The emotional toll of PTSD is vast. It might include experiencing severe anxiety, living in a state of heightened alertness, or feeling intense emotions that can disrupt daily life and lead to missed work days, the need for therapy, or medication to manage symptoms.

Behavioural and social impacts

PTSD doesn’t just affect the mind; it changes behaviours and social interactions.

  • Avoidance behaviour: the urge to steer clear of situations that trigger distress can significantly impact your life. This might lead you to change jobs, move to a new place, or even cut yourself off from social circles. Each of these choices can bring financial consequences, from job search expenses to moving costs or the loss of a support network that might have offered emotional or even financial assistance.
  • Emotional detachment: withdrawing emotionally can also come at a price. The feeling of being cut off from your family and friends can be distressing and may need professional help to overcome. The costs for therapy or counselling sessions can add up, not to mention the emotional toll of trying to reconnect with your passions and the people you care about.

Physical and health impacts: the effects of PTSD aren't just mental; they can manifest physically as well. This could range from stress-induced conditions like hair loss or gastrointestinal issues to more severe symptoms like heart palpitations or tremors. These physical impacts may need medical treatment, adding another layer of financial and emotional stress.

Physical symptoms

Many people who experience PTSD experience physical symptoms. If you’ve paid for medical treatments for ailments like insomnia, fatigue or tension, you might be able to claim compensation to cover these losses.

  • Therapy and medication: regular therapeutic sessions and necessary medications are often pivotal in managing PTSD and can form a significant part of compensation claims.
  • Quality of life disruption: beyond the tangible effects, there's the immeasurable reduction in life's joy and contentment, which may merit compensation for pain and suffering.

Recognising the breadth of PTSD's impact is vital not just for the individual but for everyone around them. Switalskis is dedicated to making sure that the true depth of the effects of PTSD on you is recognised, allowing for compensation that reflects each person's experience.

Making a PTSD compensation claim

We’re here to simplify the process of making a PTSD compensation claim. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you understand what to expect when pursuing compensation for PTSD:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your journey begins when you reach out to us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. During this preliminary discussion, we'll listen attentively to your story. This will allow us to fully understand your situation and the areas we need to explore further so we can advise on making a claim.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

After our conversation, our legal team will delve into the particulars of your situation. We'll gather and analyse medical records, talk with mental health specialists, and evaluate your case to note its strengths and possible challenges. Our aim is to establish that your PTSD resulted from a specific traumatic event and to approximate the potential value of your claim.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Armed with substantial evidence, we'll draft a letter of claim to the responsible party, outlining the claim and the evidence.

Step 4: Negotiation

Once we receive the defendant's response, the negotiation process commences. Our PTSD compensation solicitors will champion your cause, using our knowledge to show that the other party was responsible and negotiate compensation for you.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

While many claims find resolution through negotiation, some might need to go to court. If your claim takes this course, be confident in the knowledge that we'll be with you at every step, providing support, expertise and representation.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

When your claim succeeds, you'll be awarded your compensation. This compensation can be transformative, assisting in covering therapy costs, ongoing counselling, and any other related expenses. This can help you progress towards a brighter, more stable future.

With Switalskis at the helm, navigating a PTSD compensation claim is straightforward. We pledge our unwavering commitment to your case, guiding you through each phase and offering our heartfelt support, and legal expertise at every turn.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our PTSD compensation specialists

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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
John McQuaterDirector and Solicitor Advocate
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Rosie DoddsAssociate Solicitor
Katrina ElseySenior Associate Litigation Executive
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Are there time limits for making a PTSD compensation claim?

Time limits play an important role in PTSD compensation claims. It's vital to understand these limits to make sure your right to claim is maintained. Otherwise, you could miss out on your chance to claim the compensation you’re owed. Here's a detailed overview to provide clarity:

  • General rule - three years from the 'date of knowledge': typically, you have three years from the date you realised (or should have reasonably realised) that your PTSD was caused by someone else's actions or negligence. This isn't always the date of the traumatic event itself. For instance, it may be the day a medical professional diagnosed you with PTSD and identified a specific incident as the cause.
  • Exceptions to the rule: while the three-year window is standard, there are some circumstances where exceptions can be made:

Even with these time frames in place, it's advisable to start the claim process as soon as possible. Memories are fresher, gathering evidence is often more straightforward, and medical assessments can be more accurate closer to the event or diagnosis.

In very exceptional cases, courts might allow claims outside of the typical time limit. However, relying on this is risky so it's always best to operate within the legal time frames.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

Diagnosis is a critical step in the claim process. A licensed medical professional, often a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD and provide evidence of how it has affected your life. They will assess symptoms such as flashbacks, heightened alertness, avoidance behaviours, and mood changes. Regular consultations over a period may be needed for a diagnosis.

Can I claim compensation for PTSD caused by a workplace incident?

Yes. If your PTSD resulted from a work-related incident or prolonged exposure to traumatic events during employment (such as witnessing tragedies while working as a first responder), you could be eligible. Employers have a duty of care to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of their employees. If this has been breached, there may be grounds for a claim.

How is compensation calculated for PTSD?

Compensation for PTSD isn't a one-size-fits-all figure. It's determined by the severity of symptoms, lost earnings, costs of therapy and treatment, and future care needs. Non-financial impacts like pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life, also influence the final amount. Expert testimony, such as from therapists or employment specialists, might be needed to get a full picture of how the condition has affected your life.

Will my claim be confidential?

Rest assured, confidentiality is paramount. All information shared with your legal team is protected by client-solicitor privilege. Although some details might be disclosed to the opposing party or medical professionals, personal details will be protected.

How long does a PTSD compensation claim take?

The timeline varies significantly. Factors influencing the duration include the complexity of the case, the quality and amount of evidence, and the stance of the opposing party. While some straightforward claims might be resolved within months, more complex cases, especially those that go to court, can extend over several years. If you require ongoing therapy this can also prolong the settlement of a claim.

What if I had pre-existing mental health issues before the traumatic event?

If you had pre-existing conditions, the compensation process might be more nuanced. It's essential to differentiate the impact of the traumatic event from previous conditions. A comprehensive medical history and professional evaluations will help to pinpoint the effect of the traumatic event on triggering PTSD.

What if I face retaliation for making a claim, especially from an employer?

Retaliatory actions are not only unethical but also unlawful. The law protects those who seek compensation for genuine grievances. If any form of retaliation, like demotion, dismissal, or hostility at work, happens after launching a PTSD claim, you should document the incidents and notify your legal representative immediately. Such actions can further strengthen your claim and could lead to additional claims against the retaliating party.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Our legal experts are here to listen, understand your experiences, and advocate for your recovery and the compensation you deserve.

Contact Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458 or connect with us via our website to discuss your concerns confidentially with a PTSD compensation specialist.

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