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Daley v. LaCroix

Michigan Supreme Court
179 N.W.2d 390 (Mich. 1970)



LaCroix (defendant) lost control of his car and it went off the road, hitting a utility pole and causing an electrical explosion where power lines met the Daleys’ home. The Daleys experienced emotional distress resulting from experiencing the explosion and brought the testimony of medical experts to show that the distress was accompanied by physical symptoms. Among the Daleys’ ailments were traumatic neurosis, emotional disturbance, and nervous upset. The Daleys brought suit for the property damage as well as emotional distress they incurred as a result of the explosion. The trial court granted LaCroix a directed verdict and the court of appeals affirmed. The Daleys appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Kavanagh, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, C.J.)

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