Our specialist Military Claims Solicitors are here to help if you’ve developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of serving in the British armed forces. Call us for a free consultation and legal advice.
See Case Study: £345,000 Compensation for British Soldier in PTSD Claim
We understand the huge effect that PTSD can have on your life, both at work and at home, and how it affects your loved ones. So we believe it’s only right that you receive compensation that lets you access the support and rehabilitation that you need.
We have a strong track record of securing compensation for armed forces service personnel with PTSD, and aim to make the claims process as simple and straightforward as possible.
Our team of friendly, approachable experts can help you make a civil claim for compensation, and with a claim for compensation through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. We are able to deal with most civil claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.
For free legal advice get in touch with our Military Claims Solicitors.
More Information on PTSD Claims
British armed forces personnel can claim compensation for accidents and injuries sustained during their military service if the Ministry of Defence (MOD) failed in its legal duty of care or Health and Safety responsibilities.
Armed forces personnel includes those serving in the British Army, Special Forces, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), the Army Reserve (formerly called the Territorial Army), the Navy Reserve, RAF Reserve and civilian employees working for the MOD.
PTSD can be caused by any situation that a person finds traumatic. However, it can sometimes take a while to develop, with symptoms not necessarily becoming apparent for weeks, months or even years.
Common Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Anger management issues
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Trembling sensations
- Chest pains
- Destructive behaviour, such as drinking to excess or misusing drugs
- Hyperarousal – constantly feeling on edge, easily started and aware of potential threats
Our Military Claims Solicitors have seen an increasing number of people coming to us to claim compensation for PTSD. This reflects both greater awareness of post-traumatic stress and wider mental health issues, and the fact that British armed forces have been heavily engaged around the world during this time.
The ground for bringing an action instead is likely to arise from the failure to medically manage the individual satisfactorily; or in failing to adjust the individual’s duties allowing for the injury. A PTSD compensation claim won’t necessarily result from the traumatic event experienced by a service man or woman. Instead, it’s more likely that a person will claim if the level of support they received afterwards wasn’t sufficient.
The armed forces medical officer and officers are required to make sure that any injury that’s been sustained is appropriately managed, with the injured man or woman getting the medical support they need, and the Chain of Command should adjust the individual’s duties if appropriate.
So if you believe the way your situation has been handled doesn’t meet the required standard, you may be entitled to make a claim.
Speak to our Military Claims Solicitors to find out if you can claim compensation for PTSD.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) provides compensation for any illness, injury or fatality that’s been caused by their service on or after April 6th 2005.
It’s a no-fault scheme, which means fault doesn’t have to be admitted before payment is made. The AFCS is a tariff-based system, with levels of payment depending on the severity of the injury, up to a maximum of £650,000.
A claim can be made under AFCS alongside a civil claim for a personal injury, and evidence obtained in the personal injury claim may well assist with an AFCS claim and appeals. Our Lawyers may also be able to assist with a AFCS claims and Appeals in many cases.
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