MENTAL ANGUISH: WHAT ARE ITS CAUSES?
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.
PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM IS SERIOUS: WHAT TO KNOW
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.
OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM IS HERE TO HELP
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-PERKINSto discuss the details of your case with one of our legal professionals. Our Free Case Evaluation form offers an alternative to submit your details for consultation. Simply fill out the 100% confidential form and we will contact you.