Near Death Experience Law and Legal Definition

Near death experience refers to an event occurring after an individual is declared clinically dead by a health professional. The near-death experience varies with each individual, but its nature include, the sense of leaving one's body, the sense of moving through a dark tunnel toward a bright light, a life review, the crossing of a border, and meetings with other spiritual beings, often deceased friends and relatives.

When a near death experience is caused by a compensable work related incident and that in turn caused a psychological condition, post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting in temporary total disability, then the resultant emotional or psychiatric condition is work related entitling worker's compensation benefits. [McKinley v. District of Columbia Dep't of Empl. Servs., 696 A.2d 1377, 1383 (D.C. 1997)].