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In Corr v IBC Vehicles [2008] 2 WLR 499 the House of Lords had to determine whether the death of Mr Corr by suicide resulting from depression caused by the accident at work was reasonably foreseeable. The House accepted that it was entirely foreseeable that he would suffer psychological symptoms as a result of the accident. Since it was those symptoms that lead ultimately to the suicide, his death by suicide was an element of the foreseeable injury. Lord Bingham quoted from an earlier judgment, given by Lord Rodger of Earlsferry in Simmons v British Steel [2004] PIQR p33 as to the kind of harm that has to be foreseen in the context of personal injury cases:

Where personal injury to the pursuer was reasonably foreseeable, the defender is liable for any personal injury, whether physical or psychiatric, which the pursuer suffers as a result of his wrongdoing.

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