May 1, 1988 |
Is the $500,000 emotional-abuse award to Patti Chiles by a Texas jury an isolated incident, or an omen? Could it happen in California? The answer to the first question is being debated. The answer to the second is yes--the legal structure is in place since California is one of 14 states that allow the recovery of damages for infliction of emotional and mental anguish--without evidence of physical abuse.