Stephen Johnson, Partner from our Manchester office writes for the ALARM’s member journal Stronger on “A new type of psychiatric injury claim could have significant scope in terms of applicability across many public service organisations.
“A new sub-category of psychiatric injury claim is emerging, which started in the emergency services but has wide-ranging applicability. Public service organisations need to be aware of how to mitigate the risks to those whose employment may put them in harm’s way.
“Allegations centre on employees whose roles could give rise to a foreseeable risk of psychiatric harm, when this risk has not been properly considered and mitigated.
“There is an emerging trend in these claims, and they could increase further, given the pandemic. Delivering public services in the COVID-19 emergency exposes more frontline and key workers, in healthcare, local authorities, and care homes for example, to additional risk when undertaking their (sometimes significantly increased) duties.”
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Legal Update – In harm’s way was published in August 2020 Stronger, ALARM’s member journal. ALARM is a membership organisation run by members, for members, supporting risk professionals that support our communities and citizens. For more information, please visit alarmrisk.com.