Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event which occurs by either experiencing it or witnessing it. Many people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping. If the symptoms get worse, they could have long lasting effects for a considerable period of time. PTSD is a serious condition which can interfere with your day-to-day functioning. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. It is important that you receive effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

There is no defined traumatic event that is associated with PTSD and a person can suffer it in a number of ways.

Time Limits

Like most personal injury claims, the claim for compensation must be commenced within two years of the date of the accident and there is a statutory requirement to notify the other party involved, or their insurer, within one month of the incident if you are pursuing a claim. There are a number of exceptions to the two year time limit, for example minors and persons of unsound mind.


In every personal injury claim, a medical report is required from your treating doctor, usually a general practitioner although it can also be from a specialist, for example an orthopaedic surgeon where there are fractures or broken bones. The severity of the injuries will determine the compensation available which is based on the new personal injuries guidelines.

We have over 40 years experience in personal injuries law and will provide comprehensive legal advice throughout the personal injuries process. If you require advice in relation to a PTSD Injury, please contact us on 01 4900121 or alternatively send an email to with your contact details and a summary of the accident.

Mark Collins has prepared a recent High Court PTSD case summary for you to review and show you how these types of claims are handled by the Irish courts.