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Military PTSD Compensation Claims
PTSD, or Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition which can develop after being put in a very traumatic situation. When discussing the military, this traumatic event is usually taking part in combat operations, other acts of war or seeing other very traumatic events such as battlefield injuries or deaths. The long-term effects that these sorts of events can have can be truly devastating. The majority of people who suffer from PTSD can get better over time if they have access to the correct therapy, but some suffer permanent psychological damage which can even get worse over time.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are many different symptoms of PTSD but the main ones include nightmares, sleeping problems, emotional detachment and flashbacks. Many people suffering from PTSD also develop depression, and some can experience problems with substance abuse putting a strain on their health. Symptoms can develop at different stages, and vary in severity. PTSD can affect every aspect of a sufferer’s life, and can cause severe damage which cannot be repaired. It is estimated that up to 30% of people who go through some sort of traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD, so there are millions of people all over the UK who are living with this condition. It’s sad fact though that former members of the Armed Forces are more likely to suffer than most.
Members of the military coming back from active duty in places like Afghanistan or Iraq will have personally witnessed horrific occurrences which they just can’t forget about. Many of these veterans have gone on to develop PTSD but what is perhaps even more shocking is that often the Armed Forces don’t picked up on the signs, sending soldiers back to active duty without giving them any treatment at all.
Claiming Compensation for Military Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There’s no need to suffer through this in silence. If it can be proven that your PTSD has been caused by a trauma which you suffered while serving in the military, it may be possible to make a claim against the Ministry of Defence. Making a claim against the MoD will not affect your current job, but the process can seem very daunting. The MoD has a reputation for putting a lot of energy into defending these sorts of claims, and making sure the legal process takes as long as possible. Using the services of a specialist medical negligence lawyer who has experience in dealing with PTSD claims and the MoD goes a long way to ensuring your claim is dealt with as swiftly as it can be.
It is hard to overstate the benefits of a successful compensation claim, especially when contrasted to the alternative of living your life with the ongoing consequences of PTSD such as stress or depression.
So if you have suffered trauma because of something which happened while you were serving, you might be able to put in a claim for negligence against the MoD.
Get the ball rolling by talking to one of our medical negligence solicitors who specialises in claims relating to the Armed Forces. This will ensure your claim is managed efficiently and professionally, so that you get the compensation which is due to you.
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