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Torts pp 30-46 | Cite as

Nervous Shock

  • Alastair Mullis
  • Ken Oliphant
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Part of the Macmillan Professional Masters book series (PAPRMA)

Abstract

Cases of what lawyers call ‘nervous shock’ have given rise to significant difficulties in the modern law of negligence and the courts have adopted a cautious and restrictive approach to the imposition of liability. A persistent failure on the part of the courts to value psychiatric illness as highly as physical injury, coupled with the fear of a flood of — perhaps unfalsifiable — claims, has resulted in the imposition of a number of proximity requirements limiting the circumstance in which a duty of care is owed.

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© Alastair Mullis and Ken Oliphant 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alastair Mullis
    • 1
  • Ken Oliphant
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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