Personal Injury: Emotional Distress

5 November 2018
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When most people think of a personal injury claim, they think of things like broken bones and permanent scarring. However, there are other types of personal injuries that people can bring forth lawsuits for and in many cases, win those lawsuits. One such type of personal injury claim wound be emotional distress, also commonly referred to as mental anguish. In many cases, emotional distress can be just as bad, if not worse than injuries that are easier to prove due to their accompanying proof, such as X-rays and photographs. If you feel you may have a case against someone for emotional distress, then this article will explain some of the things you want to know about this type of case and what you should do.

Seek treatment

If you are suffering from emotional distress due to something someone else did to you or somehow caused you to endure, then you need to seek treatment. You should start by talking to your doctor. The doctor can then refer you to the professional they feel is best suited to help you, whether that be a therapist or psychiatrist. However, if you don't seek treatment, then there is absolutely no proof of the injury and therefore, you will find it nearly impossible to prove a case for personal injury.

Don't pretend to feel great

One of the mistakes a lot of people make when they could have a successful lawsuit is to put on a happy face in public and pretend like everything is fine. While you may not want to run around the store crying, you do want to be sure you are honest with certain people about how you really feel. For example, you are going to want to tell your doctor or therapist how you have been feeling, as well as friends or family members who may give statements on your behalf. If you hide your feelings, then everyone is only going to say that you appear to be fine.

Seek help from a lawyer

Make sure you get yourself a lawyer as soon as you know that there may be an issue. By starting out with an injury lawyer right away, there will be much less chance of you making mistakes that a lawyer could have advised you not to make. It can be hard knowing how to navigate a potential lawsuit on your own and you should get a lawyer, so you won't have to worry about making those costly mistakes.