Letter: Suing for distress

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DR LEOPOLD FIELD (letter, 20 March) warns against accepting the Law Commission's proposals on liability for psychiatric illness and anticipates an "absolute flood" of psychiatric reports claiming that friends and relatives of the victims of accidents are suffering from "some form of psychological illness", which will result in an increase in insurance premiums.

The Law Commission report anticipates a 10 per cent increase in the number of personal injury claims at an increase in premium cost of 2-5 per cent (based on discussions with the Association of British Insurers). To describe this as a "flood" is emotive. To suggest that the legal profession is the true beneficiary is insulting.

CHRISTOPHER HOUGH

London WC2

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