Emotional distress may arise as a symptom of a physical injury or the intentional or negligent infliction of mental suffering. Here are some examples:
Grief - The loss of a loved one, whether it's a parent, spouse, child, or another family member, can cause the survivors to experience intense grief that will impact their daily lives. Grief doesn't necessarily have to be the result of a fatality. Suppose someone survives but is no longer the same person. In that case, family members can still experience grief because their loved one is altered. For example, a spouse with a traumatic brain injury may have personality changes.
Depression - Accidents can cause serious depression, negatively affecting how you feel, think, and act. You may be overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and lose interest in things you once enjoyed. It can cause changes in appetite, which could lead to weight loss or gain, and you may sleep too much or too little. Depression can lead to feelings of unworthiness or guilt and can result in thoughts of suicide or death. People experiencing depression may also have difficulties making decisions, thinking, and concentrating.
Anger - Everyone gets angry now and then. However, victims of accidents can develop chronic anger, which impacts not only them but everyone around them. Anger is also a symptom of PTSD, which can arise from a serious accident. Anger issues may also be the result of a traumatic brain injury.
Anxiety - Individuals that have been in an accident may suffer from anxiety which is an intense, persistent, and excessive worry or fear of everyday occurrences. A person suffering from anxiety may experience rapid breathing, a fast heart rate, feeling restless and tense, and start sweating. Car accident victims may not be able to handle riding or driving in cars. A dog attack victim may develop an intense aversion to being around dogs. Anxiety may need to be treated by a mental health professional.
Inconvenience - It may sound minor, but from a legal perspective, inconvenience can arise when an injury or incident impacts your ability to engage in business and social activities. It could be damaged personal relationships, the inconveniences of having to go through rehabilitation, or the inconvenience of repeatedly repairing a defective product.
Embarrassment or humiliation - An incident may cause a victim to feel emotionally vulnerable or distraught. For example, a victim in a defamation case may feel ashamed of untrue allegations made against them. For another example, a nursing home abuse victim may feel humiliated by the treatment of their abuser.
Sexual dysfunction - An accident or incident may leave an individual with an altered sex drive or hinder their ability to engage in sexual activities, which will affect relationships. Although it may be an uncomfortable issue to talk about, your attorney needs to be aware of any sexual dysfunction you're experiencing so you can be compensated for it.
Loss of companionship - Married couples aren't the only ones who can suffer from loss of companionship. Children and other dependents can feel the loss of a parent's guidance, love, security, and all the care that falls under a parental role. Spouses and dependents can file separate claims for these kinds of losses. Morgan and Morgan's attorney's can help.