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Is Emotional Stress a Personal Injury Claim?

Emotional stress can be debilitating. It can cause physical symptoms including headaches, neck pain, heart palpitations and back pain. It can keep you from sleeping or make you so exhausted you can’t get out of bed; it can make you completely apathetic or overly emotional. Emotional stress is a real medical condition that can cause a decline in performance at work or school, drive a person to abuse drugs or alcohol, cause irrational fears and anxiety, and can even lead to suicidal thoughts.  There are a number of different things that can lead to emotional stress, but at its most basic it is the body’s way of reacting to too high a demand or too strong a threat to its wellbeing. When you suffer from emotional stress as a result of an injury or action that was caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, it can be included in a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can successfully help you to receive compensation to help you deal with the very real costs of emotional stress.

There are certain damages listed in a personal injury claim that are straightforward and easy to understand. These include actual damages such as the cost of medical care or lost wages that resulted from the incident. But beyond those costs, there are also intangibles that also entitle victims to monetary damages. Where actual damages are paid to reimburse the victim for money that has come out of their pocket and for checks that they have had to write, when emotional stress is included in a personal injury claim the goal is to provide compensation for psychological impact, which may include anxiety, fear, depression, and many other possible reactions – each person will respond to a traumatic situation differently.

If you have a difficult time understanding the very real toll that emotional stress can have, imagine a child who was previously confident and fond of animals being viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog. In addition to the obvious medical costs involved with healing the child’s wounds, there is also a strong possibility that the child will become fearful, suffer sleep loss and nightmares, develop anxiety. These impacts may last for only a short period of time or they can last a lifetime, leaving them unable to be in the presence of animals in the future. This is the type of damage that a single act of negligence can cause, and victims are entitled to compensation for it.

If you or someone that you love has been a victim of any type of personal injury, whether a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, damage caused by a defective product or slip and fall, or any other act of negligence, then call the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We are compassionate, understanding, and committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve.


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