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Road Traffic Collision Claim

Despite vast improvements in road conditions, vehicle safety and driver education, millions of people are involved in road traffic accidents each year, resulting in both physical and psychological injuries.

The effects of road traffic accidents can have a detrimental effect on the psychological wellbeing of those involved. Following road traffic incidents, many victims suffer from Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the symptoms of which can present themselves immediately or develop over a period of weeks or months. There are a number of symptoms linked with PTSD, namely feeling shocked or shaken, feelings of guilt, concentration difficulties, a lack of sleep and frequent nightmares or flashbacks of the incident.

The proven, most effective treatment for PTSD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Treatment (CBT) and such treatments include Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. The aforementioned treatments have a success rate of 50% - 60%.

Despite recent media labelling PTSD claims a 'money - spinner' it is vital for not only victims but compensators to acknowledge that PTSD is a recognised psychological injury and as such, victims are entitled to recover compensation.