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Manuel and his grandmother, Sybil, were on their way to the

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Manuel and his grandmother, Sybil, were on their way to the park when a negligently driven minibus veered across the road and screeched to a halt, trapping them against the yard railings of the local Secondary school. Manuel’s injuries were minor but Sybil’s were devastating. Basil, an off-duty policeman saw the accident and tried desperately for some time to free both Manuel and the seriously injured Sybil, who was screaming in agony. Manuel’s friend, Marcus, filmed the rescue attempt on his phone and, once the emergency services had arrived and freed the pair, sent the video to Manuel’s mother, Ilsa, with a message telling her to go to the hospital.
When Ilsa arrived at the hospital she was told that Manuel had miraculously sustained only minor injuries but that her mother, Sibyl, was unlikely to survive such severe internal injuries. Over the next few days, Ilsa remained at her mother’s bedside as her condition deteriorated.Basil, Ilsa and Marcus suffer post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their experiences and seek advice as to the potential for a successful claim for psychiatric damage

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That is that there has to be a recognised psychiatric illness, there is going to need to be an expert report with regard to causation that the incident caused the recognised psychiatric illness and any claimant has to see the incident which caused the stress with their “own unaided senses”.  It means they have to have seen it personally, not a recording a video.

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