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, the San Diego Defense Lawyers elected their 2011 Board of Directors. The SDDL Board of Directors is composed of a cross-section of the defense bar, representing a makeup of large and small defense firms. Neil Dymott associates Matthew Souther and Benjamin Howard are continuing members of the 2011 Board of Directors. The Board members have many years of litigation experience in a wide range of fields.