Mental Emotional Distress
When one suffers serious trauma, the consequences can be much more than physical. An emotional distress injury is a form of psychological harm that results from experiencing a traumatic situation. Also known as mental anguish, emotional distress can be claimed in personal injury lawsuits; the damages are classified as “intentional infliction” or “negligent infliction of emotional distress”, and may or may not be accompanied by a claim of bodily injury.
An individual can make a claim for compensation on a wide variety of mental afflictions. In order to bring a complaint against a party for mental anguish, an individual must prove unjustified, purposeless conduct of an extreme or outrageous nature. The intention or negligence must also be proven along with the actual infliction of the psychological damage.
If you have suffered negative mental effects because of another person’s intentional act or negligence, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers may be able to help you obtain compensation for your suffering. You may be entitled to damages for your emotional afflictions as well as resulting lost wages or medical expenses.
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Types of Emotional Distress Claims
The varied types of emotional distress injury include a range of minor to debilitating psychological afflictions. All of the below mental issues are payable in a court of law:
- Fear & anxiety
- Major depression
- Adjustment disorders
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Humiliation & feeling of degradation
- Confusion & difficulty concentrating
- Loss of confidence or self-esteem
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of career interest or diminished job performance
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of trust in others
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain disorder
- Headaches or stomach issues
- Nightmares and other sleep disturbances
- Weight loss or gain
- Exacerbation of preexisting mental conditions
- Emotional reaction to proceedings, e.g. crying in court
- Impaired relationships
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
These symptoms can be very serious and develop into life-altering disabilities. If you or a loved one has been inflicted with mental anguish, it is important to seek treatment from a mental health professional. Any documentation of the mental harm can be useful if the victim intends to sue the offending party.
Common Causes of Mental Anguish
Whether the act of the offending party was intentional or negligent, the causes for emotional or mental distress usually involve violence or extreme bodily harm against the victim or another person (witnessed by the victim).
Some situations that may cause mental anguish include:
- Being witness to a serious accident, severe injury or act of violence
- Being assaulted, raped, molested or physically abused
- Being witness to a natural disaster
- Being seriously harmed physically
Examples of claimants in this type of lawsuit include murder witnesses, minors who have witnessed violence between parents, rape victims, those who have suffered an animal attack, victims of libel, victims of medical malpractice, and commonly, those injured in motor vehicle collisions. In Connecticut, alienation of affection lawsuits can include damages for mental distress. One may also pursue compensation for psychological damages in wrongful death cases.
One must hire an attorney and prove the causation and presence of psychological damage in order to sue another party for compensation related to emotional distress.
Symptoms of Psychological Harm
In order to prove the existence of mental affliction, it is important for claimants to document the problem. The existence of symptoms can usually be proven through documentation such as medical records, psychological test results, witness accounts, media and other methods.
Symptoms of emotional anguish include:
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Weight fluctuation
- Changes in appetite
- Phantom physical symptoms
- Inability to control anger or temper
- Obsessive or compulsive actions
- Lack of energy or chronic fatigue
- Memory problems
- Withdrawal & isolation
- Diminished sex drive or lack of arousal
- Noticeable mood swings or erratic behavior
These symptoms of emotional distress injury can affect a victim’s daily life and may last for days, weeks or decades. Distress can also subside, only to be triggered again by a future event. A mental health professional can provide treatment for persistent psychological symptoms.
Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm
Hopeless feelings can seem to endure endlessly. Anger toward a situation can be overwhelming. The pain associated with psychological damages can cause problems with relationships and work or school, sometimes leading to lifelong financial effects. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic situation and is psychologically suffering, our personal injury law firm can help.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers offers compassion, experience and zealous dedication to fighting for our clients’ justice. We believe those who have caused you an emotional disturbance deserve to be held accountable for your suffering.
We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut. You deserve to fully understand your legal rights. Call us today at 800-PERKINS to discuss the details of your case with one of our legal professionals.
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