October 26, 2012

Marines & soldiers 400% more likely to suffer PTSD

A report by the Select Committee on Defence has recognised that military personnel serving with the army or marines are far more likely to develop a psychological illness such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) compared with their counterparts in the RAF or Navy.

Due to the army’s significant and continued commitment to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, marines and soldiers are being rotated through active combat roles more frequently and are being repeatedly exposed to traumatic events. Research conducted by the U.S. Military suggests soldiers exposed to five or more ‘contacts’ with the enemy during their deployment are approximately 20% more likely to develop PTSD. Even where soldiers have not been exposed to firefights during their deployment they still have a 4.5% chance of developing symptoms of PTSD.

In the report the Select Committee on Defence expressed concern over the fact they expect “significant growth” in the number of veterans developing PTSD over the coming decade. This is due to on-going military commitments and the fact there can be a delay of months or even years between the traumatic event occurring and the veteran developing PTSD or recognising the symptoms and seeking support.  

Symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Night terrors
  • Hyper-arousal
  • Avoidance
  • Irritability

To speak to one of our solicitors about whether you can make a no-win, no-fee claim for military PTSD compensation, call us on 01376 529299. You will speak with Jason Brady, Holmes & Hills' specialist military injury compensation solicitor.

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