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This book is now Out of Print.
A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Napier and Wheat's Recovering Damages for Psychiatric Injury 2nd ed isbn 9781841741338

Napier and Wheat's Recovering Damages for Psychiatric Injury

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Michael Napier, Kay WheatSenior Lecturer in Law, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

ISBN13: 9781854313522
ISBN: 1854313525
New Edition ISBN: 1841741337
Published: May 1995
Publisher: Blackstone Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



The past few years have seen major developments in the law regarding personal injury claims which relate to psychiatric injury. A number of significant cases have recently brought the issues of compensation for psychiatric injury into sharper focus.;This book surveys the current state of the law, including an analysis of the ""Alcock"" case, and an examination of the ways in which a successful claim may be made. It also includes an overview of the major psychiatric conditions which may result from trauma, with particular emphasis on post- traumatic stress disorder.;The authors give practical advice on how to identify a potential psychiatric injury case, practical and procedural steps, and a survey of quantum of damages for traumatically induced injury. Some consideration is given to wider aspects of such claims, for example, in contract.;This book is aimed primarily at legal practitioners who are likely to be increasingly confronted with such claims.

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Contents:
Part 1 The legal context: negligence; other areas of tort; contract; ordinary mental distress; defences; nervous shock in English law; a brief history.
Part 2 The injury: classification of mental disorders; aetiology; history of the illness; post-traumatic stress disorder; other disorders; predisposition; diagnosis;p treatment; prognosis; children; the future.
Part 3 Events that can cause psychiatric injury: sudden trauma; injuries caused by intentional acts; ""creeping trauma; criminal injuries.
Part 4 The causal connection between trauma and injury: where there is associated physical damage; where there is no associated physical damage; fear and imagined harm.
Part 5 Identifying the plaintiff as a sufferer: the important of identification; identifying symptoms of psychiatric injury; post-traumatic stress disorder; the effect of psychiatric injury on physical injuries; use of questionnaires for assessment; genuineness of symptoms; the child victim.
Part 6 Assessing damages.
Part 7 Practical steps.
Part 8 Future developments. Appendices: diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder from DSM IV; the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tariff Scheme; leaflet produced by Westminster Social Services on coping with a major personal crisis; providers of counselling treatment and medico-legal reports. (Part contents)