Issue: Under Montana law, what level of distress is required for an action based on emotional distress?
|Area of Law:||Personal Injury & Negligence|
|Keywords:||Emotional distress claim; Level of distress; Intentional or negligent act|
|Cited Cases:||896 P.2d 411|
A claim for emotional distress can arise from a defendant’s intentional or negligent act. See Sacco v. High Country Indep. Press, Inc., 271 Mont. 209, 238, 896 P.2d 411, 429 (1995). A cause of action for negligent infliction of emotional distress will arise under circumstances in which serious or severe emotional distress to the plaintiff was the reasonably foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s negligent act or omission. Id. at 232, 896 P.2d 411, 426. Moreover, a jury is capable of determining whether the emotional distress claimed to have been sustained is "serious" or "severe." Id. at 233, 896 P.2d 411, 426. A fortiori, a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress cannot require greater proof than this. Id. at 220, 896 P.2d at 417.