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Gammon v. Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, Inc.

(1987)

Maine Supreme Judicial Court - 534 A.2d 1282

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Plaintiff was very distressed after finding a severed leg in his deceased father's personal effects; Court holds that Plaintiff can recover for emotional distress alone.

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Facts:Plaintiff's father died in the hospital. Plaintiff received an amputated...

Holding:The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine reversed.The Court noted that...

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The Superior Court initially ruled in favor of the defendants in a case involving a claim of negligent infliction of severe emotional distress. However, the appellate court overturned the judgment, allowing the plaintiff to seek compensation for mental distress without the need for physical impact or objective manifestation. The court emphasized the importance of protecting individuals' mental well-being and recognized the evolving legal standards that permit recovery for substantial and objectively manifested mental and emotional suffering caused by negligence.

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