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Psychological Disorder: Sudden Shock or Series of Distressing Events - Dr Hugh Koch and Dr Katie Newns

Legal Mind Case and Commentary: No.1 - This is the first in a series of Case reports and Commentaries from Dr Koch and colleagues. Case: Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust V Ronayne [2015] Court of Appeal, London: 2015.

EWCA Civ 588 was a case of a claimant claiming damages for psychiatric injury consequent on seeing the condition of a loved one brought about by the negligence of a defendant. Of the four requirements for recovery, the decision focused on whether C’s illness had been “induced by a sudden shocking event”. Three issues were at the heart of the case: (1) whether C had suffered a recognised psychiatric illness, (2) whether there had been “an event” and (3) how “shocking” the event must be...

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