Accident At Work Claims

PTSD At Work Claims

Your employer has a duty to protect you at work, both physically and mentally, and should do all they can to prevent you from suffering psychological injuries.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect the lives of you and your loved ones significantly, so that’s why we’re here to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. We could help you access support services you need to help you cope with your traumatic experience.

Our lawyers could help you make a PTSD at work claim if:

  • You were involved in an accident at work which triggered PTSD
  • You witnessed a workplace accident that caused you psychological harm

Many workplace accidents happen because employers simply don’t follow health and safety guidelines, putting you at risk. We’re not only here to help you get compensation for your accident, but can make sure that precautions are put in place so that similar events don’t happen again.

We understand that you may be wary about discussing your PTSD, but by coming to us, you’ll be working with experienced solicitors who will handle your case with sensitivity and understanding. Our specialist workplace accident lawyers are based across the country and have a proven track record of success with claims of this nature.

We could accept your claim on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal costs if your claim isn’t successful. We can also offer you a free initial consultation where we can discuss your claim and how we could help you.

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PTSD At Work Claims - More Information
    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for the event that caused your PTSD at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your condition. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why the incident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future and any precautions that need to be implemented in your workplace.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, ensuring that you can access the healthcare and support you need. By making a claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

      • Psychotherapy
      • Counselling
      • Private medical care (for any injuries you sustained if you were in the accident)
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
      • Loss of income

      The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your condition and the likelihood that you have a permanent mental health impairment. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that the compensation we claim is sufficient.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we can help you get early compensation in the form of interim payments. These funds will be taken from your final settlement and can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses, before your claim has settled.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if your PTSD was caused by an accident at work, including if you’re an employee, contractor or if you were a visitor to the work site.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or self-employed, you might still be considered as an employee under UK law - giving you the same rights as other workers when it comes to health and safety.

      You can make a PTSD at work claim against your past or current employer, as long as your case is submitted in the appropriate time limits. We understand that making a claim against your current employer can seem daunting, but by making claim you could be preventing similar incidents from happening again.

      We can also help with claims being made on the behalf of others including:

      • On behalf of a child who has been in an accident before their 18th birthday
      • For someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case

      To find out how we can help with your claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date of the event which caused your PTSD. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child who was on work experience or working part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves. No time limits apply in these circumstances.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of the cases we handle are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Our Experts
    • We have dedicated, experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We understand that mental health issues can have a huge impact on your life, and will always talk to you to understand your situation.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with planning your treatment. If you cannot work because of your condition then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you to recover. Having helped many other clients with PTSD claims, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Is PTSD Caused And What Are The Symptoms?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be triggered at work if you’ve been involved in or observed a frightening or distressing accident, or after a prolonged traumatic experience. PTSD is said to develop in approximately one in three people who’ve suffered because of severe trauma.

If you’ve had depression or anxiety in the past you’re more likely to develop the condition. Furthermore, factors such as having a lack of support from family and friends is said to contribute.

When at work, PTSD could develop if you saw a fellow employee being hurt in an accident or if you were in an accident yourself. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe and must follow health and safety regulations to prevent your risk of being in an accident.

PTSD has a number of symptoms which you could experience after an accident at work, including:

  • Re-experiencing – you could suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive images and sensations or physical sensations such as sweating, trembling and nausea.
  • Avoidance – to stop being reminded of the event, you might start avoiding certain people and places and avoid talking about the accident. You could also distract yourself to stop thinking about what happened.
  • Hyperarousal – PTSD can make it difficult for you to relax, causing irritability, angry outbursts, insomnia and difficulty concentrating.
  • Other mental health problems – your condition could cause anxiety, depression and severe phobias.
  • Destructive behaviour – sometimes PTSD can lead people to self-harm or to seek solace by misusing drugs and alcohol.
  • Physical symptoms – these include headaches, dizziness, stomach aches and chest pains.

By making a claim, we can help you access the psychotherapy you need in order to reduce the impact PTSD has on your life. We can also ensure that something similar doesn’t happen in your workplace again, preventing others from being injured in accidents and experiencing psychological problems.

To find out more about making a claim, contact our experts today on 0800 056 4110.

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How Can PTSD Be Treated?

By making a PTSD at work claim, we can help you access the care and support you need. We’re aware that PTSD can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life so will always talk to you to find out about your needs.

We could help you access appointments with a psychotherapist, who could try a number of techniques to improve your condition, including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – in order to change the way you think and act, you could be asked to revisit traumatic memories. Your therapist will help you control your fear by changing the way you think about your experience.
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EDMR) – to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, your therapist could ask you to move your eyes side-to-side while recalling the incident. Experts believe that this method changes the way you think about your experience.
  • Group therapy – speaking about your experience with other people who have PTSD can be very helpful, teaching you new ways to handle your symptoms.

As an alternative or in addition to psychotherapy, you could be prescribed with antidepressants such as paroxetine, sertraline, mirtazapine, amitriptyline or phenelzine. Your compensation could help you pay for these prescriptions which help with both PTSD and any other associated mental health problems such as anxiety.

For more information on how compensation could help you, and to find out more about making a claim, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

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What Is Employer Negligence?

Your employer has a duty to protect both your physical and mental health while you’re at work and if they don’t and you’ve been injured as a consequence, you’re entitled to make a personal injury claim. In order to keep you safe and minimise the risk of accidents

your employer should act in accordance with the Health and Safety Act (HSE).

To minimise your risk of injury, your employer should:

  • Provide you with adequate health and safety training
  • Sufficiently maintain machinery and equipment
  • Eliminate any potential hazards (e.g. spills, uneven flooring)
  • Provide you with the correct protective equipment
  • Conduct regular risk assessments and making any changes these highlight
  • Check the qualifications and employment history of employees to ensure they’re adequately trained

If your employer didn’t protect you from suffering a psychological injury such as PTSD, we could help you make a claim. To find out more about making a workplace accident claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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