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Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition our military claims team see in a substantial number of service personnel. Read on to learn what’s involved in making a PTSD compensation claim. 

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What is PTSD?

Alongside other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders, PTSD can present itself when servicemen and women are exposed to traumatic and life-endangering events, often in combat situations.

The most common military-induced PTSD symptoms complained of are:

  • Re-experiencing phenomena such as nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories and reminders of the index trauma
  • Avoidance behaviour, withdrawing into oneself and shying away from social contact
  • Mood changes and cognition
  • Heightened arousal and reactivity

If you or a loved one has been affected by PTSD, please get in contact with us for confidential advice about making a military PTSD claim for compensation. We work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.

PTSD symptoms

The symptoms of PTSD vary enormously from person to person. One individual might seem withdrawn, while another can become extremely angry or violent at the slightest provocation.

Some people have frequent flashbacks and others deny there is anything to remember. It can take many sufferers a long time to realise they have been affected at all. Visit our symptoms page to see a list of problems that can indicate whether a person who’s been in the military may have PTSD.

What can happen if military-induced PTSD is misdiagnosed?

Sadly, medical negligence and misdiagnosis involving military PTSD aren’t uncommon. We have come across situations where military doctors have misdiagnosed PTSD for ‘battle stress’, ‘anger management’, ‘alcohol misuse’ and even ‘personality disorder’. The delay in diagnosis inevitably prolongs the commencement of treatment.

This can often lead to other co-morbid and social complications such as depression, anxiety, unemployment, homelessness and family breakups, making it harder to integrate into civilian life. They can mask the condition and make it more difficult to treat.

If you or someone close to you has experienced this, there could still be a valid PTSD compensation claim if you raise it in time.

Why make a military PTSD claim for compensation?

A successful PTSD compensation claim can’t undo the harm that has been caused, but it can help you and any loved ones move forward. Your solicitor will consider time taken off work and the psychological damage the condition has caused, while helping you to access professional support.

You could be eligible to make military PTSD claims for the following reasons:

  • You received a misdiagnosis from a military doctor, causing a delay in diagnosis and opening the door to further complication.
  • Your superiors in the military failed to spot the signs and exacerbated your condition or failed to provide sufficient support.

For your claim to be successful, you need to prove your PTSD was caused by your service in the military.

Whether you’re seeking military compensation for PTSD at the hands of military doctors or superiors within the Ministry of Defence (MoD), our solicitors can support you.

Settlement for delayed diagnosis of PTSD

We investigated a clinical negligence claim for delayed diagnosis of PTSD for our client who felt ‘like a different person’ after returning from deployment to Afghanistan. He was seen by a CPN where red flag symptoms of military PTSD were noted, but without referring him to a psychiatrist. Our expert’s medical report confirmed that had our client been referred, he would’ve been diagnosed with PTSD and given treatment. We were able to negotiate a settlement early on, protecting his future entitlement under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and helping to fund his treatment.

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