PTSD and the MilitaryOctober 8th, 2015
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very serious condition which occurs after someone has been part of, or witnessed a traumatic event. How any one person responds to such an event depends entirely on that individual, the circumstances of the event, their personality and past experiences and any other stresses that they may be facing in their day to day life.
In particular, there are a high number of instances of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experienced by military personnel. This is perhaps unsurprising given the highly tense and dangerous situations they face on a daily basis.
A report carried out by a national newspaper recently looked at compensation payments awarded to ex-servicemen who have gone on to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It found that the Ministry of Defence paid one Gulf War Veteran £2.3million after they failed to spot, diagnose and treat his Post-Traumatic symptoms.
Sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) face a number of distressing symptoms, which can take years to fully develop and become more serious if left untreated. This includes a heightened sense of awareness, or feeling ‘on high alert’ even when resting; intense fatigue and anxiety; over-reacting to ‘normal’ things; negative thoughts such as blaming yourself for things you have no control over; nightmare; flashbacks; avoidance of certain locations or even television which might remind you of the event and the development of phobias associated with the traumatic event (such as travelling in cars if the incident which led to the PTSD involved one).
Because psychological trauma develops differently, in different people, reactions can range from a mild response when you are reminded of traumatic events, right through to full-blown symptoms of PTSD. PTSD is a carefully defined medical and legal term, and not everyone with post-traumatic symptoms will be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is therefore vital to seek help from a solicitor who is experienced in PTSD compensation claims and who can help you to seek expert diagnosis from medical professionals who fully understand the disorder.
Colonel Richard Kemp, the ex-Commander of British forces in Afghanistan, commented on the scale of the problem, “The MoD’s failure to treat symptoms has ended up costing it millions. We are likely to see thousands of those people who served in Afghanistan suffering from PTSD now or in the future.”
It is vital that the MoD ensures that military personnel are aware of PTSD and also receive the support they need to move on with their lives and receive treatment which allows them to make the best possible recovery.
CFG Law’s Natasha Ulph, Serious Injury Solicitor said, “We have worked with many clients who have developed PTSD as a result of an accident or dangerous experience, including military personnel. It is a particularly distressing condition, which is also difficult for family and friends to come to terms with as they can see their loved one suffering on a daily basis with a variety of symptoms. Early and accurate diagnosis is vital to quickly put in place a swift and tailored treatment to ensure a quicker recovery from PTSD.”
If you or a loved one has developed PTSD or other psychological illness after living through live action with the military, we can help advise you on making a claim. CFG Law has over 25 years’ experience of handling complex and high value compensation claims. We will arrange an early medical assessment to help access the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible for you, whilst fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call us today for free and confidential advice on 0800 612 8196. All claims are taken on a no win, now fee basis so you can be assured that there is no financial risk to you or your family. We have your best needs at heart and will do everything we can to get you on the road to recovery.