Mental health

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  • Employer's knowledge determines stress case

    Date:
    1 March 2002
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Willans v Reckitt & Colman plc, a county court awards a factory supervisor £55,383 for a stress-induced psychiatric illness. The case is believed to be the first - although now not the only - successful court action against a company, rather than an institutional body such as a council.

  • Suicide victim's family loses stress damages claim

    Date:
    1 December 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In McDonald/Cross v Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Outer House Court of Session dismisses a compensation claim from the family of a man who committed suicide due to work pressures.

  • Self-inflicted injury did not give duty of care

    Date:
    1 November 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Greatorex v Greatorex, Motor Insurers' Bureau and Pope, the High Court holds that a victim of self-inflicted injuries does not owe a duty of care to a third party not to cause him or her psychiatric injury.

  • Disciplinary-related stress not pensionable injury

    Date:
    1 May 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Commissioner of Police v Stunt, the Court of Appeal has rejected a retired police officer's injury pension claim on the basis that his disabling depressive condition was caused not by his police duties but by the strain of undergoing disciplinary proceedings.

  • Employer could not have foreseen mental injury

    Date:
    1 April 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Levy v Allied Dunbar Assurance plc, the High Court in London rejects a claim for damages for work-related stress brought by a former Allied Dunbar employee.

  • Duties of care: Employee's workload and treatment were not reasonably foreseeable sources of injury

    Date:
    1 March 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employer was not in breach of its duty of care to a senior manager who claimed that he became ill because the employer put him under unreasonable pressure at work, and because of the oppressive behaviour of his line manager towards him, holds the High Court in Levy v Allied Dunbar Assurance plc.

  • Duties of care: Psychiatric illness caused by stress at work was not reasonably foreseeable

    Date:
    1 March 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Nothing that an employer's management did was, or ought to have been, perceived by them as a potential cause of the depressive disorder that an employee developed, which had been caused by stress at work over a period of time, holds the Outer House, Court of Session in Fraser v State Hospitals Board for Scotland.

  • Traumatised off-duty nurse's fear was reasonable

    Date:
    1 July 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    In McBride v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, the High Court rules that an off-duty nurse who helped those injured and dying in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster is entitled to compensation for the psychiatric illness resulting from witnessing the horrors of that day.

  • Demotion did not make Tesco liable for breakdown

    Date:
    1 June 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Ramwell v Tesco Stores plc, a county court dismisses a former Tesco employee's claim for damages for a nervous breakdown.

  • Depressed and victimised policeman wins pension

    Date:
    1 October 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    In R v Dr Kellam, ex parte South Wales Police Authority and Milton, the High Court says a former police inspector is entitled to an ill-health pension for depression caused partly by victimisation at work.

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