PTSD and Disability Claims
I have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to a traumatic event. Do I have a legal case?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a widely misunderstood condition. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, post-traumatic is a disorder where you continue to relive a traumatic situation long after the danger has passed, through flashbacks and nightmares. It can be caused by any number of traumatic events. The symptoms can be endless, debilitating and include anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, flashbacks, emotional withdrawal, difficulty concentrating and panic attacks. It can affect your ability to maintain relationships with others and in many cases, prevent you from working.
If your condition is a result of the negligence or intentional act of another, you may be able to sue for damages. You may also be able to apply for long-term disability benefits or CPP disability benefits. If your condition arises as a result of your employment, you may qualify for benefits through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Many insurance companies fail to recognize the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder and the affect it can have on someone’s life. Seeking medical attention quickly and obtaining medical evidence can be critical both in proving your case and getting you the best possible treatment.