What Kind of Damages are Emotional Distress?

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Emotional distress refers to the situation in which a person suffers physiological damage as a result of an entity’s negligent actions. These damages can be the mental repercussions of physical reactions that occur from emotional situations.

Sometimes known as mental suffering, emotional distress can be devastating. After a car crash or other accidents, it’s common to experience emotional distress. The level of emotional distress is based on the individual and his/her circumstances.

Common Types of Emotional Distress

  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fear
  • Bitterness
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Embarrassment
  • Distress Over A Disability
  • Diminished Quality of Life
  • Lost Enjoyment of Life

Emotional distress may be caused to individuals who experience injuries from:

  • Paralysis
  • Premises Liability
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Uber Accidents
  • Lyft Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Dog Bites
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Determining the Cost of Emotional Distress

It can be hard to determine the actual cost of emotional distress. But it’s true that this non-tangible experience will lead to a monetary issue. The best way to determine the cost of your pain and suffering to know the value of any psychological treatment you took after your accident.

Missing work due to emotional distress is another way to calculate the monetary value of a psychological injury. Lost wages while dealing with depression, anxiety, stress disorder or other psychological issues can be calculated and added to the damages your law firm is suing for.

Consider Pre-Existing Conditions

Well, the claims related to emotional distress are the same as physical injuries. But the emotional distress can be hard to prove in court as compared to physical injuries. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Your law firm should consult your medical records to be prepared for any pre-existing issues. This will help you prove your mental pain and suffering while asking for compensation.

Are you suffering from mental distress? If you or your family member suffered an accident and are dealing with emotional distress like anxiety, PTSD, and other mental issues, you should speak to an experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorney. Hiring a leading personal injury attorney can help you acquire the right compensation for your emotional distress.

Our firm believes that emotional damages also need to be handled as physical injuries. Let’s share your situation and we will help you obtain the maximum possible compensation for your emotional suffering.