Mrs K v Chief Constable, Police Service of Scotland

Personal injury – Workplace stress – Police officer – Duty of care – Foreseeability – Causation. Court of Session: In an action in which a former police officer sought damages for psychiatric injury caused by a failure to afford her fair treatment in carrying out an investigation into her conduct and performance and in moving her to another department, the court held that the defender was responsible for any act or omission giving rise to a breach of duty which the pursuer might establish as a matter of fact, the pursuer had established a breach of duty, her psychiatric injury was reasonably foreseeable, and there was a causal link between the breach complained of and the psychiatric injury she sustained.

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