Compensation for shock on hearing of child’s death

Jul 20, 2015

Damages awarded for depression caused by shock of hearing of child’s death in road traffic accident

Purcell vs Long [2015]IEHC 385 (High Court, Barr J, May 15th, 2015)

High Court awards €225,150 to a mother who suffered severe depression triggered by an acute stress reaction upon hearing of her son’s death in a road traffic accident. The mother had suffered previous psychiatric illness and depression, but this did not exempt the wrongdoer.

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