Can I recover from emotional distress caused by a rear-end accident?
If you have been in a rear-end accident, you may have suffered more than just physical injuries. The emotional distress of such an experience can be significant and can last long after the physical injuries have healed. You may be wondering if you can make a financial recovery for emotional distress caused by a rear-end accident. Here’s what you need to know:
Recovering for Emotional Distress
It is possible to recover for emotional distress in a personal injury lawsuit, but it can be more difficult than making a recovery for physical injuries. In general, there are two types of emotional distress damages that can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit: “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and “negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Intentional infliction of emotional distress occurs when someone intentionally causes another person to suffer severe emotional distress. This type of emotional distress can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit.
Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
Negligent infliction of emotional distress occurs when someone’s negligence causes another person to suffer severe emotional distress. In order to make a recovery for this type of emotional distress, you must show that negligence was the cause of your emotional distress and that the distress was severe and not just a normal, expected reaction to the accident.
Proving Emotional Distress
Proving emotional distress can be more difficult than proving physical injuries. It often requires testimony from mental health professionals and other experts to show the severity of the emotional distress and the impact it has had on your life.
It’s important to note that emotional distress damages are not always recoverable, and the specific circumstances of your case will determine whether or not you can recover for emotional distress.
Contact The Ruth Law Team
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident and are suffering from emotional distress, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. The Ruth Law Team is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (888) 783-8378 for a free consultation.
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Please note that the answers for each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always best to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.