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What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), also sometimes known as post-traumatic stress syndrome, is a psychiatric disorder which is usually caused by a stressful and traumatic experience, such as a near-death experience.

PTSD can change your life, leaving you feeling isolated and depressed. Many people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder suffer from upsetting flashbacks or nightmares and find it difficult to relax or sleep, whilst others deliberately avoid places, people and activities which remind them of their accident.

If you've suffered from PTSD, we understand how difficult it can be to cope. Aside from being emotionally draining, PTSD can affect your family life, social life and can stop you from being able to go to work - this can also add financial pressure to your situation. We're here to help you.

If your PTSD was due to an injury or accident which was someone else's fault or happened due to negligence, then you could make a compensation claim to cover the impacts and costs you've experienced.

For free, impartial advice or to find out whether you could make a claim, you can get in touch with us on for free.

We can't take away the traumatic event you've experienced, but we can help to ease some of the pressure so that you can focus on recovering and getting things back to how they were.

When making your case, your solicitor will consider any costs or impacts your experience has had on both you and your family and will work hard to make sure you're not left out of pocket. For example, your solicitor will consider:

  • Lost earnings from time off work, past and future
  • Costs of medical treatment or prescriptions and whether you need access to specialised treatment
  • Costs of care, even if given for free by a family member
  • Any impacts on your social life, hobbies and family life

Also, claiming with us is risk-free as all our solicitors can help you to make your claim on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your case isn't successful, then you won't have to pay.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Claire Freeman explains how mental health can be affected by a physical injury.

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Clinical Psychologist Dr Claire Freeman explains how mental health can be affected by a physical injury.

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We know you might simply be looking for free, impartial advice, or more information on whether you have a claim. We recommend getting in contact; calls with us are free, confidential and advisory, which means you can contact us for free advice without the pressure of starting a claim.

You can speak to us online or on . You may feel uncomfortable talking about your experience, but you can be sure that our advisors will do everything they can to put you at ease. They'll only ask you the questions necessary for them to understand whether you have a claim.

However, if you're not ready to speak about what happened, then we generally advise that it's likely you have a claim if:

  • The accident or negligence that caused your PTSD happened in the last three years
  • The accident or negligence was somebody else's fault

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by being involved in or witnessing any disturbing, upsetting or traumatic event. PTSD sometimes starts straight after the traumatic event, but it can also occur months or even years later.

There are a huge number of different causes of post-traumatic stress disorder, but we've listed some of them below:

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PTSD is often caused by the threat of serious injury or death - something people who work in the armed forces have to face on a regular basis. Unfortunately, for this reason PTSD is common among military personnel.

We realise that military service doesn't come without risk, but like any employee you have the right to a safe working environment and reasonable precautions should be taken to avoid injury where possible.

If you've suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of your military service, then we may be able to help you to claim compensation to cover the costs and impacts.

Find out more about making a military accident claim.

There are a number of different treatments available for post-traumatic stress disorder. These include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): This type of therapy aims to help you come to terms with your experience and change the way you think about it
  • Group psychotherapy: This is usually considered to be the most beneficial for military personal and veterans, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Medication: Medications such as anti-depressants can be used to treat PTSD. Medications can be effective in reducing symptoms, although they rarely cure the condition on their own
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR): A new method of treatment which has been found to be effective in some cases

If you think you're experiencing the symptoms of PTSD we advise that you see a doctor who will make sure you get the help and support you need.