When “Hurt Feelings” Warrant Lawsuits

Legal Adviser January 26, 2017
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Emotional InjuryYou often associate injuries with physical damage: bleeding cuts, broken bones, and punctured skin, among other imageries. These are certainly damaging, and whoever is responsible for them must be held accountable. But, there are less visible signs of personal damage, and they need the same amount of understanding, attention, and healing, which may only be possible once due process is served.

Emotional injuries are more than just hurt feelings. They can affect a person’s entire life, and so, could and should lead to a lawsuit.

Emotional Distress

An emotional distress case isn’t new to law firms such as Osmond and Cockayne Associates. Handling emotional distress claims take a lot of sensitivity and professionalism for the lawyers to handle. This is already a challenge, but it can be more difficult for the victims who need to prove that the emotional damage warrants a lawsuit.

Extreme, traumatizing experiences cause emotional distress, and symptoms include prolonged sadness and the presence of anxiety. They are common symptoms which can be due to a number of medical causes, including depression and mood disorders.  

Filing An Emotional Distress Lawsuit

Identifying an ailing mind can be much simpler than tracing back to its causes. As such, it will take both medical and legal guidance to guide plaintiffs through a lawsuit. Incidental and accidental injuries can be the reason behind the emotional distress, and it is extremely difficult to prove.

In some cases, plaintiffs have to prove that the damage was so serious, that it’s irreversible, so they can file a complaint. But, for others, the cause is evident, and the defendant is the clear culprit. Instances such as witnessing the murder of a loved one, or being harassed by an individual with an outrageous behavior, can provide a more solid basis with which to build a case.

While some may argue that emotional damage may not be as severe as other physical injuries, one thing is clear: it happened, and it had a serious impact on the victim. They may or may not recover, and that doesn’t change the fact that someone should be accountable.

Category: Of Two Minds
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