Nervous shock refers to a psychiatric illness caused by shock. Nervous shock is different from normal grief, sorrow, or anxiety. Usually, primary victims involved in an accident recover damages for shock.
Generally, there can be no recovery for a nervous shock unaccompanied by physical injury. However, when the nervous shock follows as a result of physical injury, the nervous shock is a part of the physical injury, and a plaintiff is entitled to recovery for nervous injury. [Samarra v. Allegheny V. S. R. Co., 238 Pa. 469, 473 (Pa. 1913)].