Psychological and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you or a loved one has suffered psychological injury or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of someone’s negligence or carelessness – or as a result of a criminal act – then you could be entitled to compensation for your injury and the inconvenience and loss of earnings it has caused. Psychological injury and PTSD can be very serious, involving a long and difficult recovery and long-term adjustments to the victim’s lifestyle. We’re here to help. Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors has been winning psychological injury or PTSD claims and supporting clients across the South West for more than 40 years. We can help you secure the justice and the compensation you deserve, providing expert, jargon-free legal advice that will help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Psychological injury and post-traumatic stress disorder claims

Our experienced personal injury solicitors are APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) accredited specialists and the team is ranked highly in the Legal 500 directory. We also have strong relationships with leading medical professionals and experts, enabling us to give you the very best advice, delivered with sensitivity by specialist personal injury lawyers. We can help you with any kind of PTSD claim.

We understand that starting a legal claim for a psychological injury or PTSD can be confusing and unsettling. We’re here to explain your rights and options and to handle every aspect of the claim process so that you can focus on recovering and getting your life back on track. We will help you secure the resources you need, whether that means medical treatment, financial compensation, or both.

We provide a comprehensive psychological injury or PTSD claims service, including operating on a no win no fee basis.

What are psychological injuries and PTSD?

Psychological injuries and PTSD can be caused by a wide range of accidents and experiences, from sudden and physical events such as assaults or road traffic accidents to longer-term experiences such as sexual or mental abuse. They can also vary widely in the way they affect the individual, presenting a huge range of both mental and physical symptoms, including:

  • Anger, irritability and mood swings
  • Tendency to violence
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Guilt or shame
  • Feeling on edge – hyperarousal
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Emotional numbness or feeling disconnected – anhedonia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems socialising, including maintaining family relationships
  • Sexual problems and loss of libido
  • Confusion
  • Problems sleeping and nightmares
  • Profound tiredness
  • Fidgeting
  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Upset stomach

Psychological injuries and PTSD can be very serious and affect people and their loved ones in different ways. They can also go undiagnosed for a long time before the impact really becomes apparent. Our personal injury solicitors understand that no two injuries are the same, so we make sure that you are thoroughly assessed by a medical professional to ensure you get the best possible support.

As well as providing sensitive advice and support, our psychological injury and PTSD experts can put you in touch with a number of organisations that can help you with everything from rehabilitation to counselling and support for your family.

No win, no fee

Many psychological injuries and PTSD claims we support are handled on a no win no fee basis, which means:

  • If you win your case your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs. Any legal costs not paid by your opponent and the lawyer’s success fee will be deducted from the compensation that you receive.
  • If you lose your case, you will not have to pay any legal costs unless we advise you otherwise.

Find out more about our no win no fee funding and other ways of funding your potential claim.

How long do I have to make a psychological injury or PTSD injury claim?

You usually have up to three years from the date of the accident or knowing about your injury to start a psychological injury or PTSD injury claim. There are some exceptions and we will advise you about these when we speak. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, so our personal injury lawyers can explain the process of claiming compensation, start your claim and help you access any other support and/or rehabilitation you need.

How much compensation could I receive?

Every psychological injury and PTSD case is different and so is its impact on you or your loved one. That’s why it is important to get expert advice from qualified specialist lawyers who are experienced in working with medical professionals to truly understand the impact of your injuries. In many cases, these kinds of injuries are linked to other physical injuries that you or a loved one may have suffered so it’s important to understand the wider picture.

The amount you can claim will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your injury, any financial losses you have suffered or will suffer in the future, and any changes to your lifestyle that you have to make as a result of your injuries. Whatever the injury, our specialist personal injury lawyers will ensure that you get the compensation and support you are entitled to.


Rachel Pearce

Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

David Usher


Heather Kearton-Gee

Chartered Legal Executive

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