2015 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 36. CIVIL REMEDIES AND DEFENSES AND SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS
663. Tort Actions
663-8.9 Serious emotional distress arising from property damage; cause of action abolished; exception for physical injury.

HI Rev Stat § 663-8.9 (2015) What's This?

[§663-8.9] Serious emotional distress arising from property damage; cause of action abolished; exception for physical injury. (a) No party shall be liable for the negligent infliction of serious emotional distress or disturbance if the distress or disturbance arises solely out of damage to property or material objects.

(b) This section shall not apply if the serious emotional distress or disturbance results in physical injury to or mental illness of the person who experiences the emotional distress or disturbance. [L Sp 1986, c 2, §22]

Case Notes

Defendants' motion for summary judgment on all negligent infliction of emotional distress claims granted, where plaintiffs-intervenors had not even alleged physical injury or a diagnosed illness. 535 F. Supp. 2d 1149 (2008).

Because a corpse is neither "property" nor a "material object" for purposes of this section, this section does not apply to negligent infliction of emotional distress claims arising from the negligent mishandling of a corpse. 96 H. 147, 28 P.3d 982 (2001).

Cited: 895 F. Supp. 1365 (1995).

Mentioned: 900 F. Supp. 1339 (1995); 907 F. Supp. 2d 1165 (2012).

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