Negligent Infliction of Serious Emotional Harm
When an individual’s safety was threatened by the another’s negligent conduct, and a reasonable person would have been severely distressed by the negligent conduct, and the victim suffered a physical injury as well as an emotional harm.
Recovery is allowed solely for emotional injury negligently caused where there is no physical injury only when there are facts sufficient to guarantee the genuineness of the emotional trauma.
- Example : Paula went to Dr. Al who advised Paula that she had herpes and a venereal disease. When Paula returned home, Dr. Al called and said “I’m sorry, I made a mistake.”
- Example : Glenn mistakenly told Deana that her son had died.