zone of danger

zone of dan·​ger

Legal Definition of zone of danger

: the area within which one is in actual physical peril from the negligent conduct of another person

Note: Some jurisdictions require that a bystander who witnesses a direct injury to another can only recover for negligent infliction of emotional distress if he or she was also in the zone of danger—that is, in actual danger of physical injury.

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“Zone of danger.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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