The Guardian reports that an un-named former army bomb disposal expert suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has won a six-figure compensation settlement after claiming the Ministry of Defence failed to properly diagnose and treat his condition early enough. These failures left him more vulnerable to future stressful events.
In a case his lawyers claim has implications for other serving and former members of the military, the soldier claimed his condition might not have deteriorated had the army acted sooner.
One important issue in the case involved the time limit within such claims must be brought. Originally the MoD argued that he had left it too late to make a claim. It said the ex-soldier had knowledge of his PTSD from tests in 1998 and 1999 and should have brought a case within three years.
His lawyers argued that as he was only formally diagnosed in 2004, the time to bring a claim started running at that point. The case was eventually settled out of court.
- Full story by Caroline Davis, The Guardian: Former soldier wins MoD payout over post-traumatic stress disorder
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