Compensation for PTSD


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Wednesday 25 April 2018


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If you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder then you won’t need us to tell you how debilitating and life-altering it can be. But if you are unsure of how compensation can help or whether you are a sufferer then read this resource page for a complete guide on all you need to know about PTSD claims.

CAUSES

PTSD is defined by mental health charity, Mind, as a type of anxiety disorder that develops in response to being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event.

PTSD was and still is commonly referred to as shell shock because it was first recognised by war veterans who had bore witness to front-line combat. But PTSD can arise from any type of traumatic experience and isn’t just attributable to those in the armed forces, although rates are prevalent in this industry.

Sure, there are plenty of harrowing experiences that those in the armed forces have to go through, but PTSD can arise from childhood trauma, domestic violence or even difficult and prolonged childbirth. In fact, the effects that PTSD can induce can manifest from any type of traumatic event, whether you were directly involved, or witnessed it.

PTSD is categorised into three different categories; mild, moderate and severe, to describe the impact your symptoms are having on your life. It is not a way to categorise how frightening or upsetting your experiences are, it is a way to assess how debilitating your PTSD is on your life.

SYMPTOMS

The most typical and pervasive symptom of PTSD is ‘re-experiencing’. This can induce nightmares, repetitive stressing images and of course – flashbacks. Re-experiencing can also cause physical symptoms like numbness, tingling, sweating and bodily pain.

People may also experience constant and persistent negative thoughts about their experience and sometimes even themselves. In response to this, many suffers will employ avoidance tactics and can become psychologically numb to the world around them in order to protect themselves from triggering emotions and memories.

Hyperarousal is a common symptom associated with PTSD sufferers. It can cause the person to behave erratically, often seemingly angry or irritable. They may also have trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating.

LIVING WITH PTSD

The past is what shapes each and every one of us. Many of us look nostalgically back on our childhood or recent fond memories with a sense of happiness and love. For people suffering with PTSD, aspects of the past hold fear and upset. This can cause the person to become distant and dissociate in order to remove themselves from the trauma the past holds for them.

For many sufferers, the thought of returning to their normal lifestyle is too much. Work, sleep, social events and hobbies become daunting tasks that can trigger difficult to cope with reactions.

For people with PTSD, “just forgetting” about something isn’t an option. It’s a disorder that transcends merely burying the hatchet – PTSD is very serious and left untreated can have catastrophic consequences on a person’s life.

GETTING HELP

Thankfully there are many success stories of people overcoming their PTSD and learning to cope with the symptoms once treatment is sought. Treatment for PTSD has come a long way since it was first recognised and has developed to help countless sufferers resume their normal lives.

If you are suffering from PTSD and want to seek help then call the number available here https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/where-to-get-help.asp

Booking an appointment to see your GP is an important step to your recovery

If you have already sought treatment and are now looking for further ways to help with your recovery then claiming for compensation can help.

Financial compensation for your suffering can help pay for therapies, lost income and other expenses you encountered whilst overcoming your PTSD. A pay-out may not be the same as an apology or a way to change what happened to you, but it can help you to move forward, hopefully, to a full recovery.

For PTSD the judicial college has offered the current guideline on pay-out amounts

Severity Compensation
Less severe- full recovery within two years with minor persisting symptoms£3,150 to £6,520
Moderate- will have largely recovered with minial continuing effects£6,520 to £18,450
Moderately severe - better prognosis for recovery with professional help£18,450 to £47,720
Severe- Permanent effects - all aspects of life will be badly affected£47, 720 to £80,250

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