Serving in the armed forces is a great, although dangerous career and we have a tremendous amount of respect for those who serve our country. However, did you know that military personnel are at a significantly higher risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
It is perhaps unsurprising that this is the case, given the stressful and dangerous conditions that military personnel face on a daily basis. But left untreated, PTSD can have severe consequences, affecting day to day life and the ability to function normally, including your ability to sustain successful relationships with family, partners and friends.
According to a report carried out by The Sun newspaper in September 2015, one Gulf War veteran, whose PTSD was not diagnosed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), has gone on to claim £2.3 million in compensation. Colonel Richard Kemp, ex-Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan said, “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.”
Diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress
Because of the complexity of the condition, which has carefully defined medical and legal terms, not everyone who suffers post-traumatic symptoms will meet the criteria for a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and it is therefore vital that you seek help from a solicitor who has the expert knowledge and experience of PTSD claims. They will put you in touch with medical professionals who can diagnose your condition properly and put you on to a treatment plan tailored for your individual needs.
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we have 30 years’ experience in military compensation claims, including those for PTSD which can go undiagnosed and untreated by the MoD. For FREE advice about making a claim, call us today on 0800 612 7340 for confidential advice. All claims are made on a no win no fee basis so there is no financial risk to you in making a claim.