Witnessing Close Relative’s Injury

It happens everyday. A parent is involved in a no-fault motor vehicle accident and has their children in the vehicle with them.  “When a child is endangered, it is not beyond contemplation that its mother will be somewhere in the vicinity and will suffer serious shock.” Dillion v. Legg (1968) 68 Cal. 2d 728.  This case established a cause of action for an individual whom witnessed a close relative be injured. In California, courts allow recovery to parents whom suffers emotional trauma and physical injury from witnessing their children be hurt or killed. Being directly injured by a negligent driver can change your life forever; witnessing the event to your child is also a compensable injury.  These types of personal injury actions occur daily in Redding and within Shasta County from motor vehicle accidents.