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Ways to Prove Emotional Distress

May 10, 2018

After being involved in an accident or losing a loved one through a wrongful death action, moving on can be extremely difficult. It is normal to experience serious emotional pain and mental distress that can affect every aspect of your life. People who are involved in motor vehicle accidents may become overwhelmingly afraid of driving or being in any type of automobile. A person who has lost a loved one may be unable to tolerate going to work, creating serious financial problems. While these problems are very real and extremely normal, proving them can be difficult. Knowing a few ways to prove that your emotional distress is real will help you establish and win your case.

Medical Records

Emotional damages and distress are often diagnosed or treated by licensed psychologists or psychiatrists. It is possible to request documentation from them to support your claim. Having concrete proof that you are being treated, or were being treated, by a medical professional makes a huge difference in proving your claims. In some cases, your treating physicians may be able to give verbal statements expanding upon your pain and outlining the types of treatments you have already received. Remember, you do not need to give the opposition access to all of your medical records, just the files that pertain to this specific case.


When a person is pursuing a personal injury claim on the basis that he or she was treated over a long period of time for a physical injury, the duration of treatment shows how serious the injury was. When it comes to emotional distress, the duration can also help you prove how serious your condition was. Being able to show that you have been treated for months, proving that you have missed work or important activities, and showing a clear timeline of events can all be combined to prove how serious your condition or situation is.

Physical Signs of Distress

In some cases, long-term emotional distress can begin to manifest itself in the form of physical symptoms. These signs of distress can include serious weight loss as a person is no longer able to eat, or major weight gain if a person has begun overeating in response to depression. Migraines or stress headaches that only started occurring after the loss may also be used as proof. Self-harm and other dangerous behaviors that are associated with your distress can also be introduced as proof that your emotional distress is very real and physically dangerous.

Reach Out

Going through a serious accident or losing a loved one are major life events that could affect your future in many ways. Taking your emotional health seriously is crucial and facilitates your recovery. Reaching out to a personal injury attorney with experience obtaining emotional distress settlements can increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. The compassionate staff at Hunter W. Morris, Attorney at Law understands how difficult this is for you and we are standing by to aid you. Contact us today and schedule a private consultation at our Greenville location.