Health care professionals may be surprised to learn there is a legal cause of action that allows a bystander who witnessed negligent treatment to a patient to sue for their own emotional distress. In California, a bystander who witnesses the negligent infliction of death or injury of another may recover for resulting emotional trauma even though he or she did not fear imminent physical harm. (See Dillon v. Legg (1968) 68 Cal. 2d 728, 746-747.)
On January 29, 2011, Neil Dymott shareholder Tamara Glaser was sworn in as a newly elected member of the 2011 Board of Directors of the San Diego Defense Lawyers. The SDDL Board of Directors is composed of a cross-section of the defense bar, representing a makeup of large and small defense firms.