Hillsborough police officers could not recover damages as employees or rescuers for psychiatric injury suffered as a result of tending victims of an incident caused by their employer's negligence. A recognition of the claims would have substantially expanded the existing categories in which compensation could be recovered for pure psychiatric harm and would have sat uneasily with the denial of the claims of bereaved relatives by the decision of the House of Lords in Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police (1992) 3 WLR 1057.

HL (Lord Browne-Wilkinson, Lord Griffiths, Lord Goff of Chieveley, Lord Steyn, Lord Hoffmann)

03/12/1998

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