The Truitt Law Firm, LLC
Call For A Free Consultation
985-273-0900

Proving emotional distress

Injuries come in many forms. Some are obvious, such as a broken arm in a car crash or a work-related death. Others are harder to determine, such as emotional duress or other psychological distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Pursuing a claim purely based on emotional distress can be done here in Louisiana, but the victim will need to prove that they are suffering.

5 ways to prove emotional distress

The circumstances of each injury are different, but some common ways of proving emotional distress include:

  1. Intensity: Some victims suffer from mental anguish, and a more intense sense of distress will likely prompt the court to award more damages.
  2. Duration: Some mental injuries, like PTSD, can linger for months or years, leaving victims to live with this kind of distress.
  3. Related physical harm: Some emotional injuries manifest themselves physically, such as headaches, blurred vision or ulcers.
  4. Underlying cause: The mental stress can be caused by a cataclysmic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or assault.
  5. Doctors opinion: A medical doctor or psychologist can provide analysis that helps define the health issue and build a case.

An attorney can provide guidance

These cases are usually complex, so a knowledgeable personal injury attorney will often use several of these methods to illustrate the depths of the injuries, the suffering and emotional duress. As with physical injuries, these injuries can cause victims to miss work, need medical treatment and lead to other related expenses. It is also worth noting that Louisiana has shorter time limits for filing a personal injury claim, so injured would be wise to consult with a lawyer as soon as victims realize that their injuries are more involved than first thought.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Covington Office 149 North New Hampshire Street Covington, LA 70433 Phone: 985-273-0900 Fax: 985-327-5252 Map & Directions

Covington Office

Metairie Office 433 Metairie Road Suite 209 Metairie, LA 70002 Map & Directions

Metairie Office
Review Us
  • The Seal Of Experience | Trial Masters
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates | Top 1% Attorneys in America
  • SuperLawyers Jack E Bobby Truitt | 5 Years
  • AV | Peer Review Rated
  • Avvo Rating Superb | Top Attorney Litigation
  • Best's Client Recommended 2019 Insurance Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators 2019® Recipient Award