How to Know if You Are Eligible for Compensation After a Traumatic Experience

Adam Mulligan, (2021, September 28). How to Know if You Are Eligible for Compensation After a Traumatic Experience. Psychreg on Lifestyle. https://www.psychreg.org/know-eligible-compensation-after-traumatic-experience/

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If you have suffered trauma, you may be eligible for compensation. There are a number of ways to know if you can get it. There are multiple reasons that would make you eligible for such a thing all depending on how severe the consequences might be. Follow this article to learn when you can expect compensation after suffering a traumatic experience. 

If you suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered by trauma. Trauma can come in many forms, but it is often experienced as a result of violence or witnessing something that’s disturbing to the person being exposed to trauma, such as an accident or natural disaster. Having PTSD means you are suffering from trauma now and likely for some time into the future without treatment.

If your doctor diagnoses you with PTSD, they will provide documentation, so there should be no questions about whether or not this diagnosis qualifies for compensation after a traumatic experience. You do have to show evidence of experiencing trauma before receiving money through claims made against another party’s insurance company, even if they were found guilty of causing harm on their own accord. Your claim can be denied because you do not have a PTSD diagnosis.

Once you do gather evidence it’s most likely that you will get compensated for damages. With everything on paper, PTSD lawyers can make your claim become payable in no time. However, remember that your diagnosis should not be forged under any circumstances, but it should rather all be legitimate because otherwise, you may end up in prison. 

If you get traumatic brain injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury is when trauma to the brain causes damage. TBI is also called acquired brain injury (ABI) and it can result from a car accident, assault, or other trauma that leaves you unconscious for at least five minutes or with memory loss after the incident.

If you get a traumatic brain injury, compensation may be available depending on your situation. It’s important to work with an attorney who understands how trauma affects victims because this will affect how much compensation they are eligible to receive. If you need help understanding if your injuries qualify as traumatic enough that you are entitled to damages, reach out today!

What kind of trauma qualifies for compensation

There are multiple types of trauma that may qualify for compensation after a traumatic experience. These trauma types include: 

  • Sudden traumatic events, such as being involved in an accident or witnessing the death of another person. Car accidents are one of the most common reasons people file lawsuits to receive compensation after suffering from trauma
  • violence and victimization, including sexual assault, stalking, or any kind of violence at work. It’s important to be aware that experiencing trauma due to acts committed by others does not exclude you from receiving recompense/
  • Negligent medical treatment is trauma caused by medical negligence in the form of either misdiagnosis or mistreatment can result in trauma that warrants compensation after a traumatic experience
  • Extreme stress at work. This type of stress qualifies if it includes anyone or more of these following conditions: a physical threat to life or safety, sexual harassment/assault during work hours, witnessing co-worker being physically assaulted by the boss, etc. (extreme psychological trauma)

How to prove you are eligible for compensation after a traumatic experience?

In order to prove the damages caused by trauma, it is important to show that the trauma actually happened as well as that it was caused by someone else’s negligence or misconduct. 

If you have been injured as a result of the trauma, and you are still suffering from its effects now. In other words, your injury has not resolved itself yet even if there were no visible signs of an injury after the trauma occurred (e.g., broken bones). This means that you need to continue medical treatment for your injuries. 

You’ll need papers from medical professionals stating that you are still suffering from trauma symptoms, even if they’re no longer visible.

Types of compensations available to those who have had a traumatic experience 

You may be eligible for different types of compensation after trauma. These can include:

  • Physical trauma. This can include pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical costs to be incurred due to the accident or injuries caused by it.
  • Psychological trauma. This relates to damages related to mental injury such as disfigurement of character, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, etc.
  • Financial loss. This type refers more specifically to property damage resulting from trauma which could lead you to be entitled to compensation.

You need to know that you can get compensated after a traumatic experience because it’s the least that could be done for you. Make sure you have papers from the doctor saying you are eligible and find out what qualifies for trauma as well as what types of compensation you can get. You’ll also need to know how to prove you’ve been traumatized by the event so don’t skip out on visiting your doctor.


Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.   


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