Armed forces personnel have one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain. However, although these individuals could be at risk of suffering personal injury through enemy fire or detonating explosives, it appears the military is struggling to manage a problem that has been plaguing the organisation for years – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Described by the NHS as an "anxiety disorder", sufferers may develop this condition after being exposed to a frightening, distressing, or extremely stressful event.
Although the symptoms of PTSD can either develop immediately or even years after the experience, patients often relive their incident during dreams or flashbacks. Consequently, this condition may also affect a sufferer's personality – perhaps making them feel guilty, irritated, or isolated – or could affect their ability to sleep.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can seriously harm a sufferer's quality of life. However, if you developed this condition while working in the armed forces, you may be entitled to make an army claim for PTSD compensation.
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the military
In 2013, figures from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that no less than 11,000 active members of the armed forces had been diagnosed with mental health disorders, such as PTSD.
In the previous year, it was also revealed that 273 new sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder had received treatment for this condition. However, a statement from Combat Stress – a charity which helps veterans with mental health issues – suggests this number could be an understatement.
According to the organisation, every year, their employees see approximately 1,500 new individuals who are suffering from a range of mental health disorders. In addition, the charity claims this figure is increasing by at least 10% annually, suggesting that the MoD is failing to adequately prevent their personnel from developing psychological illnesses.
Although the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have undoubtedly resulted in many new cases of PTSD, failure to treat this condition can result in disastrous consequences. For example, according to The Huffington Post, in the first eight months of 2012, 187 members of the American armed forces had committed suicide, and the journalistic organisation claims that untreated cases of post-traumatic stress disorder were responsible for almost all of these deaths.
Claiming PTSD compensation through Seth Lovis & Co
If you have developed PTSD whilst working for the MoD, you may be entitled to claim post-traumatic stress disorder compensation through our team of specialist solicitors.
Fortunately, PTSD can be treated and, following a successful claim, any funds awarded can provide healthcare costs, reimburse lost earnings, or simply benefit a sufferer's lifestyle.
Please contact our team today on 0808 252 0678 to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. Alternately, you can find out more information by sending us an online enquiry form.