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August/September 2014 (vol. 11/2)

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Expert Witness: Shocking – but no compensation

Legal liability for ‘nervous shock’

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The courts take a restrictive stance on compensating the victims of psychiatric injury, especially for so called secondary victims who suffer psychiatric harm as a result of witnessing physical harm or death of others. Diana Kloss explains.   

THEcurrent new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago has led to a call to review the judgments of the House of Lords in Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police1and White v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police2. Both cases concerned …      

Diana Kloss is a barrister, former part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.

Author: Kloss, D

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2014 (vol. 11/2) pp36-38

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