By definition, emotional distress is described as a type of psychological or mental pain that is suffered by the victim of a personal injury.
While emotional distress can be difficult to validate, it is important to note that in many courts throughout the country, injury victims have been awarded financial compensation for the emotional distress or mental anguish that an injury victim may face following a serious personal injury.
At the law offices of Greg Monforton, our entire team of personal injury lawyers are compassionate to injury victims and often incorporate mental anguish and distress as a component in our damages claims.
To learn more about how we can help with your injury litigation, contact our offices today at (866) 320-4770.
What Causes Emotion Distress?
Soon after suffering a serious personal injury, many victims are often faced with obligations that they are unable to fulfill due to their inability to go to work or to perform some of the tasks that they would usually perform on a regular basis.
In particular, mounting pressure to keep up with:
- Medical costs
- Car payments
- Food costs
- Transportation issues
- Tuition expenses
. Can often further exaggerate the problem, which in turn causes even more stress.
In most cases, it is a culmination of the above-listed points that reminds the victim of their situation, which, unfortunately, makes many individuals feel helpless and unable to take positive action.
Types of Emotional Distress
In most lawsuits that request compensation for emotional distress, its important to note that the potential recovery amount is largely limited by the severity of the distress which can be difficult to prove.
With this in mind, there are generally two classifications that emotional distress fall under:
Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in these instances, the distress must be proven to be the direct result of a physical injury, which often will require there to be a connection with the negligent parties action and the emotional distress of the victim.
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress for these damages, the distress level must be very high or severe, with the conduct of the person allegedly at faulty to be determined as intentional or reckless.
As with any serious personal injury, its very important to seek the assistance of a licensed, reputable medical practitioner to ensure that the victim has access to competent medical evaluation and care.
Signs of Emotional Distress
With many accident victims also dealing with the physical effects of a personal injury, mental anguish and emotional distress can have a severe effect on the overall wellbeing of an individual. This is often compounded by the fact that many injury victims are physically unable to tend to their normal daily routines due to their injury.
Some of the most common signs of emotional trauma include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of energy
- Short temper
- Dramatic mood swings
- Weight loss
- Disengaging from social activities
- Weight gain
- Loss of sexual desire
- Compulsive behavior
- Memory issues
In many instances, those dealing with these types of injury often experience a combination of these effects.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
At the law offices of Greg Monforton, we understand the trauma that many individuals and their families can face after they have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another person or as a result of a defective product malfunctioning.
Having won more than $300 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have represented injury victims throughout Ontario for decades and can provide the assurance and stability that is often needed after a person has been injured.
To find out how we can help you, contact us today at (866) 320-4770. Our office is located in Windsor and we offer comprehensive legal counsel to victims throughout the province, including:
... And most of the towns and suburbs throughout the region.
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