Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No.2)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Dic 2002

    At the end of the day this Court must first ask itself whether the award by the Employment Tribunal in this case was so excessive as to constitute an error of law. That was the conclusion of the Appeal Tribunal and it is clearly right. The totality of the award for non-pecuniary loss is seriously out of line with the majority of those made and approved on appeal in reported Employment Appeal Tribunal cases.

  • 1) DSD and Another v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 28 Feb 2014

    A psychiatric report was prepared on NBV by Dr Tony Davies on behalf of the Defendant. He met with NBV on 4 th June 2013 for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. His report does not differ substantially from that of Professor Maden. He concluded that at the point in time when he assessed NBV she did not reach the threshold for a current diagnosis of a Depressive Disorder/Episode or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and another
    • House of Lords
    • 17 Jun 2009

    But the sentence imposed by the court for a criminal offence is usually for a variety of purposes: punishment, treatment, reform, deterrence, protection of the public against the possibility of further offences. In my view it must be assumed that the sentence (in this case, the restriction order) was what the criminal court regarded as appropriate to reflect the personal responsibility of the accused for the crime he has committed.

  • HM and Others (Article 15(c)
    • Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
    • 12 Oct 2012

    The harm in question must be serious enough to merit medical treatment. It is not limited to physical harm and can include serious mental harm such as, for example, post-traumatic stress disorder. We repeat and adopt what the Tribunal said in HM1 at [80]:

  • Y and Z (Sri Lanka) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 29 Abr 2009

    One can accordingly add to the fifth principle in J that what may nevertheless be of equal importance is whether any genuine fear which the appellant may establish, albeit without an objective foundation, is such as to create a risk of suicide if there is an enforced return.

  • Sheriff v Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 24 Jun 1999

    In my judgment both the Employment Tribunal under s56 and the County Court under s57 have jurisdiction to award damages for the tort of racial discrimination including damages for personal injury caused by the tort. The question, which may be a difficult one, is one of causation. It follows that care needs to be taken in any complaint to an Employment Tribunal under this head where the claim includes, or might include, injury to health as well as injury to feelings.

  • Brooks v Metropolitan Police Commisioner
    • House of Lords
    • 21 Abr 2005

    Whilst focusing on investigating crime, and the arrest of suspects, police officers would in practice be required to ensure that in every contact with a potential witness or a potential victim time and resources were deployed to avoid the risk of causing harm or offence. Such legal duties would tend to inhibit a robust approach in assessing a person as a possible suspect, witness or victim.

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