zone-of-danger rule.Torts. The doctrine allowing the recovery of damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress if the plaintiff was both located in the dangerous area created by the defendant’s negligence and frightened by the risk of harm. [Cases: Damages  49.10. C.J.S. Damages § 95; Torts §§ 67, 76–79, 82–83.]
[Blacks Law 8th]