PTSD and Road Accidents in the UK

As a personal injury claim solicitors with years of experience, we know that not all injuries are just physical. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a serious psychological condition with physical symptoms that can be caused by any distressing event. Gulf War Syndrome is a form of PTSD.

We meet all kinds of folks in this job, and psychological unrest is one of those disorders than can affect the toughest soldier right through to a petite hardworking mum.

There is no single cause of things like PTSD, which is why we believe it’s so important to try and raise awareness of the disorder to help sufferers find treatment and access the compensation they deserve. Psychological distress has been associated with road accidents, accidents at work and numerous other cases we’ve come across.

What is PTSD?

After an accident, it’s estimated around 5% of men and 10% of women suffer some form of PTSD, particularly after a serious accident or one that has resulted in emotional trauma like bereavement. Take the example of someone seeking compensation like spinal cord injury claims. Spinal injuries are often exceptionally tough to recover from, requiring years of therapy and a long recovery time. If the accident was caused by a sudden trauma like a road accident, PTSD can develop any time, both at the event and during recovery.


These are different for each sufferer. Some people may find they suffer from just a couple of symptoms very intensely or a number of them in milder forms. Symptoms include memory loss, nightmares, deep anxiety, lack of concentration, irritability, insomnia, blackouts, depression, flashbacks, panic attacks, sweating and shaking.

Diagnosis and Treatment

PTSD is quite difficult to diagnose as it’s symptoms are so varied and it can crop up a significant amount of time after a distressing incident. A visit to the local GP usually results in referral to a counsellor, who will then look for a specialist PTSD therapist in the local area if possible. Road safety charity, Brake, says there aren’t enough NHS therapists with the specialist skills to treat PTSD, meaning patients must turn to expensive private therapists and costly treatment options like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

How Can We Help?

PTSD can present itself as a consequence of an accident that wasn’t your fault. Our experts believe you could be entitled to up to £76,000 for serious psychological trauma like PTSD. When we seek compensation on your behalf, we will consider health issues like PTSD when presenting your case, even in minor cases. If you’re seeking something like accident at work compensation and believe you may be suffering from PTSD, please mention it to our experts in order for us to prepare a solid case.

If you’d like to know more about compensation and psychological trauma, visit our PHC Law advice pages or get in touch today for a chat with one of our expert advisors.