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The military solicitors at DPP Law specialise in legal help for veterans with PTSD. We understand how upsetting the impact of the condition can be, so we handle all cases with great care. Get in touch today to find out how we can assist you or a loved one with a claim.
If you or someone you know has served – or continues to serve – in the armed forces, and if you or they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, compensation may be available.
Mental illness in the military is a genuine risk. Many current or ex-servicemen and women develop PTSD as a result of witnessing traumatic events. This may be accompanied by depression, anxiety and numerous other health problems.
Symptoms may include:
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Sleep problems or insomnia
- Personality changes such as anger issues and irritability
- Mood swings
- Emotional numbness
- Difficulties with concentration
- A possible tendency towards substance abuse
As of October 2018, the number of veterans with PTSD – as well as personnel currently serving – was on the rise.
How our post-traumatic stress disorder compensation solicitors can help you
Our solicitors have experienced numerous claims involving service personnel and veterans’ mental health. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and promise to handle yours with utmost care and respect.
We provide extensive legal help for ex-servicemen with PTSD as well as those currently serving and their loved ones. We’ll gently guide you through the military personnel and veteran PTSD claims process.
We can assist in the gathering of evidence to support your case and help claim the compensation you need. We’ll represent you at hearings and assist you if you wish to appeal a decision.
Claiming against the Ministry of Defence may seem emotionally challenging. However, you must remember that you are within your rights to claim compensation for a serious condition caused by your time in the military.
Our solicitors can direct you to support networks and other wellbeing resources if you require.
Our military injury solicitors can also advise you on:
- Deafness or hearing loss claims
- Lariam (anti-malaria drug) claims
- Sexual abuse claims
- Combat immunity & duty of care
- Spinal injury claims
- Training accidents claims
- Disease claims
- Combat accident claims
- Non freezing cold injuries
- Injury & accidents
We’ll also provide you with guidance on the types of compensation available. This includes Armed Forces Compensation Scheme rates and the possibility of making a civil personal injury claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I claim for PTSD for military service?
If you or a loved one has served in the armed forces and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, you could be able to apply for veteran PTSD compensation. You may also be able to claim if you are still serving.
The easiest way to claim for PTSD is via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This is because you are not required to prove blame during this process.
Personal injury claims may be more difficult to win, as the MoD is often covered by “combat immunity”. This means that they are not liable if the incident that caused your PTSD occurred during the heat of battle and was not a result of:
- Poor training
- Faulty equipment
- Insufficient risk assessments
- Poor planning or the inadequate application of certain systems or processes
However, it may be possible to make both types of claim. Discuss your case with DPP Law to find out your eligibility.
How long do PTSD claims take?
If you claim using the AFCS, it will usually take around 6 months to complete. This depends on the complexity of the case in question and the type and availability of evidence.
Personal injury claims can be more complex and may take up to 3 years to be resolved.
You may also appeal any decision made within 12 months of being notified of the outcome. This will mean that you must wait longer for the right amount of compensation. However, it is important to ensure that you are awarded the amount you deserve.
What percentage of PTSD claims are approved?
Approximately 1 in 5 military PTSD claims (20%) have been turned down since 2010. 80%, therefore, are successful. For this reason, it’s vital to have suitable legal support in order to make your case.
The team at DPP Law understands the difficulty of claiming against MoD for a mental health condition. We will support your case with great care throughout and ensure that you receive the correct compensation.
If your first claim fails, we will help you to appeal any decisions until you are compensated correctly.