MPs back campaign to help mentally scarred on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster
The Association of Personal injury Lawyers (APIL) is campaigning for a change in the law for people who suffer psychiatric damage following the untimely death or injury of a loved one.
The current law was developed through legal cases brought by the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster which took place 25 years ago.
APIL recognises however that "psychiatric injuries go far beyond grief and can be as debilitating as any physical injury". Their President Matthew Stockwell says that the law has "remained out-of-touch and unfair to victims for too long" and "the conditions currently imposed on people who want to make a claim to help put their lives back on track are utterly unreasonable".
Currently, the law in England and Wales is limited and only automatically allows for the parents or the spouse/fiancé of the victim to bring a claim, and only when they have come across the "immediate aftermath" of an incident.
Read APIL's press release here.
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