Can I Claim Damages for Emotional Distress?

Legal Guidance from Our Mason City Personal Injury Lawyer

Many individuals involved in traumatic incidents end up suffering from emotional distress. When this suffering is caused by another person, you may have a cause of action against that individual for the emotional turmoil that was caused. Emotional distress is one of the many types of damages that can be included in personal injury claims and lawsuits, which seek financial compensation for the victim's losses.

Here are a few of the many types of accidents and incidents that can lead to this emotional trauma:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Dog bites or attacks
  • Medical malpractice
  • Wrongful death
  • Becoming a crime victim due to poor security (premises liability)

The effects of emotional distress on a person can lead to many negative consequences in his or her life. The mental anguish can include depression, anxiety, grief, feelings of fear, humiliation and/or embarrassment. A person can even develop general pain because of the stress. These effects can further impact the person's life, such as when they lead to the inability to work, to ruined relationships or to an overall lowered quality of life. When a catastrophic injury causes a victim's life to be drastically changed (such as through the person becoming quadriplegic), this can result in the person suffering from emotional distress.

Developing a Case to Protect Your Rights

Because the emotional impacts of accidents are not as obvious and as easy to measure as physical injuries, you are going to need help proving that the emotional trauma occurred, that it was caused by the at-fault party and that it negatively impacted your life. A knowledgeable attorney will know the best methods for presenting evidence of your emotional distress.

How Our Mason City Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

At McGuire Law, PLC, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of injury victims who have been harmed through the negligence or wrongdoing of others. In emotional distress cases, we understand the trauma and turmoil you have been subjected to. Our goal is to provide you with the maximum compensation possible to recover your losses, including any:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain & suffering

Our personal injury legal team in Mason City, Iowa will work hard to help you recover from your emotional distress claim. Contact a Mason City injury lawyer at our firm to discuss the details of your case and develop a strategic plan in pursuit of maximum recovery Our caring lawyer will speak with you confidentially and help you determine what your legal options are.