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Negligent infliction of emotional distress and your car accident

An accident victim who has suffered emotionally distressing injuries from another person’s negligent driving may be able to sue for "negligent infliction of emotional distress"

Injuries inflicted by negligent drivers can be very emotionally distressing. That's why in some cases, a car accident victim may be entitled to damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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How can one sue for emotional distress?

Negligent infliction of emotional distress is a cause of action recognized under Michigan law that allows a person to sue for compensation for the emotionally distressing effects they suffer as a result of having witnessed a family member become seriously or catastrophically injured in a car accident.

In order to sue for negligent infliction of emotional distress, the following conditions must be met:

  • Serious injury is threatened or inflicted on a person’s family member.
  • The nature of injury is capable of causing a person to suffer severe mental distress.
  • The person seeking to sue must have been present for and witnessed the injury or threatened injury to his or her family member.
  • The shocking nature of the event causes the person to suffer actual physical harm.

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