X suffered psychiatric injury by the negligence of Y. X remains sick a year after wards and jobless as well.

Is Y liable for psychiatric injury only (assuming he is negligent) or is he liable for X's future employment-loss as well? Jurisdiction is England.


I think X would be hard-pressed to demonstrate that joblessness was a harm caused by negligence. A large number of people who are benefiting from psychiatric support and care are also jobless.

At very least it may not be X's core claim, which may then undermine the viability of the suit.

. not speaking specifically for the UK, but the US is also a common-law jurisdiction .


If X can prove that the injury is a result of Y's negligence then Y is liable for the damage that is a reasonably foreseeable result of that negligence. So, maybe.

  • any case law reference please? Jan 3 '16 at 20:30

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