A victim of intentional or negligent actions caused by another person can sue for emotional distress. For example, the plaintiff could sue the defendant for emotional distress after witnessing the injury of a family member. Mental anguish is similar to suing for emotional distress because the plaintiff suffers psychological injury, not physical one. However, it is usually connected to another type of personal injury tort claim other than emotional distress.
Mental anguish implies a high level of mental distress and pain. The pain is not physical, but emotional. This emotion is not simply resentment, embarrassment, disappointment, or anger. Suing for mental anguish refers to suffering from emotional disturbances:
They usually arise from another type of tort that can cause serious emotional distress, such as medical malpractice, defamation, or battery.
A plaintiff can usually sue for mental anguish if it would be reasonable for the defendant’s actions to cause mental anguish. For instance, a plaintiff can sue for mental anguish if:
If successful in a mental anguish lawsuit, a plaintiff can receive non-economic damages. Non-economic damages, or general damages, are awarded to a plaintiff in personal injury cases. These damages do not reimburse the plaintiff for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills. Instead, they are provided to a plaintiff to cover damages that are not easily calculated, such as:
Yes, as successfully proving mental anguish in a personal injury case is a difficult thing to do. Thus, you should absolutely talk to a personal injury lawyer about how to proceed with your mental anguish case.
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