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Napier and Wheat's Recovering Damages for Psychiatric Injury 2nd ed isbn 9781841741338

Napier and Wheat's Recovering Damages for Psychiatric Injury

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.

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)