Noel Smyth: Words can be as harmful as a physical blow to vulnerable
Chairman of 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) Noel Smyth believes it's only a matter of time before the law evolves to allow bereaved families to take their bank to court if they believe a loved one's suicide came as a result of pressure brought to bear by that lender for the recovery of debt
IN times of austerity, it is common practice for financial institutions, public bodies, government departments, banks, Revenue et al to apply as much pressure so as to ensure recovery of money claimed to be due and owing by the recipient of the threat, by phone call or letter.
If you are a customer, taxpayer and any individual who has a relationship with your pursuer, I believe your pursuer owes you a duty of care. If there is a breach of that duty of care by your pursuer and as a result of which you and/or those connected to you suffer loss and damage, under the law of negligence, you are entitled to recover damages from that person.
This is common case in all cases of physical injuries where day in and day out the courts make awards where there has been a breach of duty by a third party as a result of negligence.