Daniel v Secretary of State for the Department of Health

Employment – Negligence. The claimant was employed by the defendant. She alleged that in the course of her employment with the defendant she suffered occupational stress which developed into a psychiatric condition leading to her becoming an inpatient at a mental health hospital and seriously continuing mental ill health. The defendant denied the various allegations. The Queen's Bench Division held that on the facts of the case, no duty of care arose and it was the pressures of the job and the claimant's own perception of the workplace conflict with the professor that was one of the causes of the stress she suffered at work there was no foreseeable risk of injury, that if a duty on the part of the employers had arisen there was no breach, and causation had not been established.

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