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Zone of Danger

Definition

The area in which one is in danger of actual physical impact due to the negligent acts of another. The zone-of-danger test for determining whether a plaintiff may bring a cause of action for negligent infliction of emotional distress requires that the victim (1) be at immediate risk of physical injury, (2) fear for her own safety at the time of the incident, and (3) experience objective manifestations of genuine and severe emotional distress.

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