PTSD Claims

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that develops in people that have
experienced a traumatic event. Should the event that triggered the PTSD to develop be proven to
have occurred as a result of the negligence of a third party, you may be able to seek compensation.
A PTSD claim can be successful even in the absence of any physical harm to the claimant.

Workplace Accident Claims

Common Causes of PTSD

  • Witnessing a traumatic event or violent incident
  • Medical negligence
  • Accident at work
  • Car accident
  • Public liability incident (such as a trip, slip or fall)
  • Terror attack
  • Domestic violence
  • Robbery or attack
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sudden death of a loved one

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety
  • Perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Substance abuse
  • Tremors or nervous twitch
  • Nausea
  • Destructive behaviours and self-harm

Can I make a claim for PTSD?

To successfully claim in negligence, you must first be professionally diagnosed with PTSD by a Doctor, Psychiatrist or Psychologist. You will also be required to prove that a third-party breached their duty of care, resulting in the traumatic incident.

How can I claim compensation for PTSD?

PTSD claims can be highly complex matters and it is recommended that you speak to a solicitor before accepting any compensation, as once you have accepted any offer you cannot claim for  further compensation.

Extensive evidence is required to prove the link between the traumatic event and the PTSD symptoms. The impact that these symptoms have had upon your life will also be examined to calculate your compensation. You will then be able to file your claim with the guidance of your solicitor.

How long do I have to claim?

There are legal constraints placed upon when you are required to make a claim for PTSD. The general rule is that your claim must be submitted within two years of the traumatic incident or within two years of becoming aware of the symptoms that have occurred as a result of the proposed negligence.

Why choose us

PTSD claims can require extensive discussion about the traumatic event, your PTSD symptoms, and the impacts that they have had on your life. We understand that these discussions can be very difficult, and our solicitors are prepared to handle your claim with compassion.

PTSD cases can be highly complex legal matters, and our experienced solicitors possess the expertise needed to maximise your compensation.

 Accident At Work Claims

Tell Us About Your Case

If you feel you have been injured in your workplace, we at McElhinney & Associates Solicitors are available to speak to you, advise you on your options and what you can expect to happen.

Please do not hesitate to telephone the office on (074) 9175989 or email

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**This information is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal or professional advice. Professional or legal advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of the contents of this publication. No liability is accepted by McElhinney & Associates for any action taken in reliance on the information contained herein. Any and all information is subject to change.