Suffering an accident or assault that wasn’t your fault can be shocking and distressing, and if these symptoms continue weeks and months after the event they can have a real and lasting impact your life. You may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
You might also be suffering from PTSD if you were helping somebody injured in catastrophic circumstances or if you witnessed a horrific event injuring or killing a loved one.
Our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors could help you claim compensation for your PTSD, as the psychological effects of being injured can be just as profound as any physical injuries. You may also claim if you haven’t suffered any physical injury yourself but have been diagnosed with a recognised psychiatric disorder such as PTSD.
Get in touch with our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment - we’ll be happy to discuss the details of your claim with you and could run your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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We understand that the thought of taking legal action can be daunting, especially if you are fearful of having to relive the event, but our team of expert Personal Injury Solicitors are experienced in handling PTSD claims and making the process as straightforward as possible for you.
We have a great track record of helping people who’ve suffered personal injuries secure significant amounts of compensation, so they can get the care, support and rehabilitation they need.
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- We’re committed to getting the best possible outcomes for our clients who suffer from PTSD, so they get the compensation and support they need
- Many of our Personal Injury Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers are recognised experts in their fields, and are listed in leading independent legal directories including the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
- We tailor our service to your individual situation and wishes. You’ll be are at the centre of the process, guiding the speed and agreeing the approach every step of the way
- We make sure clients are regularly updated about the progress of a claim, and we’ll speak to you in straightforward terms rather than legal jargon
- Most of our Solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)
- We work with world-class clinicians, counsellors and therapists who can recommend the very best and most suitable treatment for you
- We can provide help and advice to your family and loved ones if they witnessed the traumatic accident, event or medical negligence that led to the PTSD. We can tell you if they can claim compensation themselves as a secondary victim claim.
Major Trauma Unit - Your Lawyers For Life
Our Major Trauma Unit is here for anyone who has suffered serious, life changing injuries.
A specialist, experienced lawyer will help and support you every step of the way from the beginning of your claim, right through to the end.
Because we have a wide range of expertise in the firm, we can help you to deal with any legal issues that arise because of your injury such as making sure you have a personal injury trust in place, any employment law issues or making or reviewing a Will.
Can I Make a PTSD Compensation Claim?
If you think you’ve developed symptoms of PTSD because of an accident that was someone else’s fault or because of your job, you could claim compensation.
You can develop PTSD for countless reasons - from one single event, such as being part of a road accident, an accident at work or witnessing a horrific event. But PTSD can also happen because of a re-occurring event such as suffering domestic abuse.
The most common triggers where we act for clients who have suffered PTSD include:
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Accidents to emergency service workers
- Assaults on shop workers, nurses, care workers, social workers and teachers
- Medical negligence
- Armed robbery at a place of work
- Military claims
- Sexual abuse
People in certain jobs are at a particularly high risk of developing PTSD because of the nature of their work, such as:
- Ambulance workers
- Police officers
- Fire fighters
- Members of the Armed Forces
The law recognises that people in these professions are a class of people who can claim if they develop PTSD after helping somebody injured or killed in a catastrophic event.
People who are at the scene of a horrific accident or event such as a terrorist attack could also be eligible to claim if they are diagnosed with PTSD afterwards.
We also act for and have recovered large amounts of compensation for clients who, in their line of work, are vulnerable because they work late-night shifts or a responsible for locking up their premises, as well as lone workers who’ve been subjected to armed robberies and assaults.
Your employer can be held responsible, depending on the circumstances, if they haven’t taken adequate safety steps to provide for your security, heeded warnings of previous attacks or followed police advice. We act for people who have suffered PTSD or been assaulted in the following types of workplace:
- Betting shops
- Post Offices
What is the Process for Making a PTSD Claim?
Free Claims Assessment
We offer a free initial claims assessment, where we’ll speak to you about your situation and how we can help you.
Assigning a Solicitor
Once we’ve completed the assessment and we think we can help a lead Solicitor will be assigned to your case and be your main point of contact throughout the claim.
Your Solicitor will contact the insurers of the person you hold responsible for your accident or incident and ask them to admit responsibility. This is known as liability.
If they do accept partial or full liability, we could ask for an interim payment of compensation. This means you get help to ease any financial pressure and access to the treatment you need while we finalise your claim.
We’ll gather evidence to support your claim, including independent expert medical evidence.
Getting Your Compensation
We’ll fight all the way to achieve the best possible compensation settlement, and once it has been agreed, make sure your compensation is paid to you as quickly as possible.
PTSD Resulting from Assaults
If you’ve been the victim of an assault, and you had a fear of imminent or impending death, you may have a claim either against your employer, the event organiser or via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme if it’s recognised as a crime of violence. You may also have a claim if you helped somebody who has been assaulted, if you saw it happening to somebody else or you witnessed it happening to a loved one.
We’ve acted for people in many professions who are vulnerable to being attacked by people using their service, such as:
- Ambulance workers
- Care workers
- Shop workers
No matter what your job or situation is, if you’ve witnessed or been directly involved in a horrific event and you believe you’ve developed PTSD through no fault of your own, contact our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment, so we can discuss your situation with you. There’s no obligation and we can give you some clarity about how you can get help and financial compensation for your suffering.
Why Should I Claim Compensation?
If you find it hard to cope with day-to-day life following a traumatic event, you should be able to get the treatment and support you need.
We often speak to clients who are initially not sure if they should make a claim. The reality of the situation is that if your life has been affected and you’re struggling, the compensation can not only give you some help and reassurance but it means you can also access services which may not be available without you paying for them.
With the right compensation, you can access the care that’s available immediately, including treatments that aren’t always available on the NHS, or that have long waiting lists. This can include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
- Couple therapy
- Relationship therapy
- Medication, such as anti-depressants
How Long Do I Have to Claim for PTSD?
In England and Wales, a personal injury claim must be made within 3 years of the date you were injured or the event which triggered the PTSD taking place, or from the date you became aware of your PTSD. If you’re claiming on behalf of a child, you have until their 18th birthday to claim compensation.
Paying For Your PTSD Claim
We often handle PTSD claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means there’s no financial risk to you if you decide to claim. Ask us for details.
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