Experienced New Jersey Attorney Seeks Damages for Emotional Distress
PASSIONATE LAWYER REPRESENTS VICTIMS OF NEGLIGENCE AND MALICE
After an accident or willful act of violence, you may suffer serious mental anguish, humiliation, anger, frustration, depression or other psychological trauma. Those who cause harm should be held accountable for their actions. At the Law Office of Steven Ellman, APC in Marlton, I help emotional distress victims seek monetary compensation in the civil court of New Jersey county courts following car crashes, medical negligence and other instances of harm. You may be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages, mental health treatment, related physical suffering and other consequences of the trauma you endured.
DEDICATED LAWYER ASSERTS LEGAL RIGHTS OF INJURED CLIENTS
New Jersey law defines emotional distress as “significant mental suffering or distress.” Emotional distress falls under the umbrella term of “pain and suffering.”
After a motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice instance or slip and fall accident, you may experience acute and lasting psychological symptoms that prevent you from going back to living a normal life. It may be in your best interest to include a claim of emotional distress in your personal injury lawsuit.
When seeking relief in court, a number of factors can be used to help calculate the monetary value of emotional stress. The intensity and longevity of a plaintiff’s emotional distress are considered. If emotional distress leads to physical symptoms, evidence of these symptoms can also factor into the calculation. Documentation of doctor visits, necessary time off work, and decreased quality of life can paint a picture of the full scope of an accident’s emotional impact.
Whenever possible, I settle emotional distress lawsuits out of court, so that my clients do not need to face the added emotional burden of testifying at trial and dealing with the legal system. If the defendant is unwilling to offer a satisfactory amount of compensation during settlement negotiations, you can rely on my persistent and assertive advocacy during all necessary hearings and court appearances.
RESPECTED LITIGATOR HANDLES INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CASES
To qualify as intentional infliction of emotional distress, a defendant’s conduct must either be:
- Intended to cause emotional distress
- Reckless, with deliberate disregard to the high probability that emotional distress will result
In addition, the defendant’s conduct must be “so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.” The defendant’s conduct must be the cause of the plaintiff’s emotional distress.
Among the harmful acts that have led to intentional infliction of emotional distress lawsuits in the past are harassment, bullying, stalking, domestic violence, assault, sexual abuse or assault, public shaming, defamation, workplace discrimination and employer retaliation.
The standard for proving intentional infliction of emotional distress is high, which means these cases are difficult to win. Having a seasoned attorney on your side can make all the difference. Experienced in New Jersey personal injury and tort law as a plaintiffs’ rights attorney, I can provide guidance through each step of your case. As your lawyer, I will make every effort to collect the type of evidence needed to help a jury understand the extent of your suffering so you can obtain a just result.
Contact a skillful emotional distress lawyer for a free initial consultation
From the Law Office of Steven Ellman, APC in Marlton, New Jersey, I represent residents of New Jersey who have suffered emotional distress inflicted by others, whether through accidents involving negligence or intentional harm. Call 609-297-5657 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation with my office.