Can I sue for emotional distress after an injury?

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A person’s life can be negatively impacted by the negligent actions of another. If a person is injured due to negligence, they are entitled to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover financial compensation for their damages. Individuals may recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are calculable losses, while non-economic damages are not quantifiable. Individuals may experience both physical and mental trauma after an accident. Non-economic damages can be hard to prove because they are subjective losses and may not be considered personal injury if there is not enough evidence to back the claim. If you have experienced emotional distress due to another person’s negligence, contact a determined and knowledgeable St. Petersburg, Florida Personal Injury Attorney who can help you recover financial compensation for your emotional trauma after an accident.

What is emotional distress?

Essentially, emotional distress is mental suffering. Emotional trauma is not a physical injury. Individuals could experience emotional trauma after an accident due to the accident itself or because of the significant injuries they’ve sustained that negatively impact their lives. Individuals who experience emotional trauma may suffer:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Fatigue
  • Eating problems
  • Headaches and body aches

Individuals may experience a wide variety of emotional t due to an accident and the resulting injuries. Emotional distress is considered a personal injury when the victim sustains emotional trauma due to the traumatic events of the accident itself as well as from the injuries sustained. According to the law, there are two types of actions that can inflict an individual with emotional distress. If a person purposely and intentionally inflicted the person with emotional trauma or they accidentally inflicted the victim with emotional trauma, emotional distress is considered a personal injury.

Can I recover financial compensation for this type of subjective damage?

Individuals can recover monetary compensation for emotional distress that was inflicted due to a traumatic accident and injury. However, individuals must prove there is a direct link between their emotional tr and the injury that was caused in an accident due to another person’s negligence. If successful, they may be awarded financial compensation for their emotional trauma. However, the amount they are awarded depends on several factors. The court will look at all of the evidence gathered by the victim as well as the severity and extent of their injuries. Proving emotional distress as a personal injury can be extremely difficult, however, it is not impossible. Victims can prove their subjective loss by having a medical professional testify on their behalf backing up the claim. They should prove they’ve been treated for their emotional distress issues by a healthcare professional.

If you are experiencing emotional distress after an accident or injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our trusted and dedicated attorneys. Our legal team is ready to help you today.