What is meant by 'primary' and 'secondary' victim?
You can also suffer PTSD if you see someone else being injured or killed in a serious incident. It could include witnessing a car crash that causes the death of a loved one, for example. If this is your experience, you would be referred to as a 'secondary victim' as you aren't directly involved.
You can't claim compensation based on 'normal' feelings of shock, anxiety or grief after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. To make a claim, you must be suffering from a recognised psychiatric condition – such as PTSD.