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Psychological InjuriesForensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law$
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William J. Koch, Kevin S. Douglas, Tonia L. Nicholls, and Melanie L. O'Neill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188288.001.0001

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Legal Contexts and Law Related to Psychological Injuries

Legal Contexts and Law Related to Psychological Injuries

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(p.22) 2 Legal Contexts and Law Related to Psychological Injuries
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Psychological Injuries
Author(s):

William J. Koch

Kevin S. Douglas (Contributor Webpage)

Tonia L. Nicholls

Melanie L. O'Neill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188288.003.0003

This chapter discusses the primary areas of law in which psychological injury is likely to be material and relevant, and in which mental health professionals are likely to find themselves practicing. In particular, it covers tort law (both intentional and negligent), workers' compensation law, antidiscrimination law (sexual harassment, employment discrimination, housing discrimination), and laws governing airline accidents. These areas cover the majority of incidents that might give rise to litigation about psychological injuries, such as motor vehicle and other accidents, criminal victimization, harassment, discrimination, workplace injuries, and a host of other circumstances that might give rise to actions in negligence (e.g., medical malpractice, mishandling of dead bodies, consumer liability).

Keywords:   psychological injury, tort law, workers' compensation law, antidiscrimination law, airline accidents

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