Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that occurs as a result of being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event or series of events in which threat to life, serious injury or abuse has occurred, resulting in psychological trauma.

In the UK alone, there are currently 2 million people living with PTSD. – A condition which presents symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, a sense of alertness, feeling on edge and in some cases overwhelming feelings of anger, sadness, guilt or shame. Symptoms can however differ from person to person and can be classified as being mild, moderate or severe, based on the impact of the symptoms on the person.

What events cause PTSD?

PTSD can be caused by any type of traumatic event such as a serious accident in which life changing physical injuries are sustained. In cases such as this, the lasting impact of physical injuries and the wider impact upon lifestyle such as alterations that need to be made to the living environment, a change in social interaction and impact upon day to day life can create a daily reminder of the trauma experienced during the accident.

In some instances, PTSD is caused as a result of a violent incident in which the person was the victim or witness. Incidents involving violence and abuse can have a substantial and lasting impact, particularly in relation to coping mechanisms adopted. It is vital that support is accessed in order to manage both the psychological and physical injuries that these types of incidents create.

For some, PTSD is the result of an event in the line of duty. In fact, many military personnel, police, firemen and nurses/doctors suffer with PTSD having witnessed significant and traumatic events and the resulting loss of life and significant injuries.

It is vital that irrespective of the manner in which trauma is faced that appropriate support is obtained. Not only can PTSD involve psychological symptoms as discussed above, but also physical symptoms through the continued release of cortisol and adrenaline hormones which continue to drive the fight or flight response, causing a heightened sense of alert.

In addition, a traumatic event not only impacts upon the individual who experienced the trauma but also on the family, loved ones and friends of the person. – All relationships are likely to be effected without appropriate treatment being accessed.

At Price Slater Gawne, we have extensive experience of working with clients who have been impacted by trauma and are suffering with PTSD following injuries sustained as a result of an accident, in the line of duty or due to medical negligence. PTSD can have an overwhelming impact on all aspects of a person’s life and it is vital that the appropriate support can be accessed.

We work with clients to understand the traumatic event that they have experienced and provide support in accessing and obtaining the support that they so desperately need now and in the future.

If you or a loved one has been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and you would like to discuss making a claim with a solicitor in confidence, our highly experienced and understanding team are here to help. Please contact the team on 0161 615 5554 or by email to We do understand what you are going through and we are here to help.