Negligence – psychiatric harm


Where the initial effect of a defendant’s conduct is a psychological shock rather than physical harm, this may lead to further harm (either physical or psychiatric). This recording explains:

• the policy considerations involved (briefly)
• how a claimant may recover as a ‘primary’ victim
• how a claimant may recover as a ‘secondary’ victim (the ‘Alcock’ criteria)
• the other possible bases for a duty in relation to psychiatric harm


Lecturer: Gianni Vuolo
Duration: 42 minutes (approx)


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