PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, was previously called shell shock. The illness only develops in persons having been exposed to extremely serious accidents, natural disasters, acts of war, torture, violent assault, threats to life, or long-term imprisonment.

The illness appear by re-experiencing the violent incident, trying to avoid situations reminding you thereof; suffering from amnesia, in whole or in part, or being constantly and mentally on the alert, either by way of insomnia, irritability or having problems concentrating.


Further, the symptoms must have made their first appearance no later than six months after the incident. It is therefore important to be aware of your state of health and to consult a doctor in case of any incipient symptoms of PTSD.


HjulmandKaptain has assisted Denmark’s formerly posted soldiers, among others, in obtaining recognition of PTSD as an occupational injury by the Danish Working Environment Authority.


Traumatic experience not sufficient to cause PTSD may still lead to other kinds of mental illness arising in connection with industrial accidents or traffic accidents.


Traumatic experience, such as assaults, attacks, threats, traffic accidents or industrial accidents, may result in permanent mental illness. In specific situations, such illness may be caused by merely being present, witnessing a traumatic event, even if you are not personally involved in the accident.


Examples of such similar kinds of illness are unspecified stress disorders, chronical depression or post-traumatic fear. A psychiatrist can make the diagnosis.


If you believe that someone may be held responsible for the experience having caused your mental illness, please do not hesitate to contact our team of lawyers specialised in Compensation for Personal Injury.

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