Damages for Psychiatric Injuries offers a critique of liability for psychiatric injury in Australia and England. Author Des Butler examines current day understandings of psychiatric medicine, evaluates the legitimacy of past and current approaches to limiting liability, and examines the policy considerations which promote such limits. Butler also analyses the recommendations of the 2002 Ipp Panel?s Review of Negligence in Australia and resulting legislation.
Succinct and readable, the book sets out a preferred approach to dealing with claims for psychiatric injuries, which recognises the scientific advances of recent times and reflects good legal reasoning.
The publication of this book is timely. As with many areas in the medical arena, it is very difficult to understand the terminology. The author has included a chapter explaining in simple terms the medical basis and history of psychiatric conditions and injuries and the use of diagnostic tools ...
Throughout the text, the author has provided helpful examples of the concepts and explanations of "tags" often used in this area. This should assist practitioners when seeking to understand medical reports ...
The history of the development of liability for psychiatric injury is thoroughly explained. This becomes important ... The reader will also be aided by the author expressing his own views on decisions and the impact of [recent] legislative changes. ... For Victorian lawyers, a section in Chapter 6 specifically addresses [the amendments to the Wrongs Act]. ...
Damages for Psychiatric Injuries gives practitioners a valuable resource [which] can assist in formulating arguments that may influence the courts to develop an appropriate approach to the difficult concepts. - Tim McFarlane, Law Institute (Vic) Journal, Vol 78.10, (October 2004) 66
Series: Australian Legal Monograph Series
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1