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When Can You Sue for Emotional Distress After a New Hampshire Car Accident?

Kenison Law Office, PLLC Oct. 4, 2023

People may be able to get up and walk away from a minor accident, such as a car collision, seemingly unscathed. Although, some car accidents lead to severe damage, whether through bodily injury, economic hardship, or in an emotional sense. Sometimes, people don’t consider the after-effects of mental or emotional challenges an injured person may endure in the months or years following traumatic events.

For many who have endured severe challenges following a New Hampshire car accident, pain and suffering are no exception to their evident hardship. If you have suffered non-economic challenges following a car accident, consulting our seasoned car accident attorney at Kenison Law Office may help you understand your rights and what defines eligibility for various damages.

Understanding an Emotional Distress Lawsuit After a Car Accident

When filing a personal injury claim, you may receive compensation for a variety of reasons in New Hampshire cases. Due to the complexity of personal injury, it’s essential to understand the circumstances surrounding non-economic damages, which may include pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Unsurprisingly, many accidents cause a plethora of hardships and losses for any individuals involved.

Aspects of pain and suffering damages include:

  • Challenges you face due to disfigurement, paralysis, or amputations

  • Mental and emotional health changes following an accident

  • Emotional effects following serious mental or neurological injury

  • The pain you may be enduring due to injuries from the car collision

  • Psychological effects of enduring the accident

  • How your relationships and social life are affected after an accident

Any car accident, whether minor or significant, can cause mental and emotional distress. Although, evidence of physical injury is not always required to recover compensation for negligent infliction of emotional distress some proof that the emotional distress manifested itself through physical symptoms, supported by expert testimony, is required. With a skilled attorney on your side, your legal team may evaluate your case and gather evidence to help you recover any eligible compensation for emotional distress after a car crash.

Suing for Emotional Distress and Pain and Suffering After an Auto Accident

Quantifying the amount of pain and suffering one endures for a personal injury claim can be challenging since the circumstances of non-economic damages don’t often produce numbers. Although, a compensable rate for pain and suffering may be determined by a seasoned attorney who understands the law and all the aspects of recoverable compensation.

Typically, an individual’s day-to-day life after a car accident, whether minor or severe, requires time away from work, medical help, seeking help from an attorney, and notifying the necessary parties of the accident. Even in the weeks and years following an accident, the effects of pain and suffering can transcend into daily life.

After a car accident, many people may:

  • Fear driving or have trouble traveling alone

  • Struggle to navigate through profound life changes

  • Pummel through chronic or recurring pain from accident-related injuries

  • Struggle with emotional instability

  • Withdraw from social groups or relationships

  • Experience changes in sleep patterns

  • Face the challenges of mental health conditions such as anxiety and PTSD

Regardless of what your pain and suffering may appear as after a car accident, you don’t have to disregard the non-economic damage you may be enduring. Every case may appear differently, and varying damages may be complex to calculate. Yet, our legal system has helped thousands of clients recover various damages after they have suffered severe impact from a negligent driver’s actions.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me Recover Compensation for Non-economic Damages?

Unlike physical injury and harm, an emotional distress lawsuit is not as simple to consider for a rightful claim. Instead of navigating through a lawsuit or injury claim independently, a legal team’s resources may help you feel more at ease throughout the process.

To help you recover eligible non-economic damages, a lawyer may:

  • Help to ensure the severity and permanence of any bodily injury is considered in a claim

  • Gather evidence and expert testimony for your individual case

  • Review all the aspects of your daily life that are affected by accident-related nature

Drunk driving, distracted driving, or reckless driver accidents are just a few types of collisions that we evaluate case details for and provide pertinent expert testimony, witnesses, and other valuable evidence to help your claim. You don’t have to live with the emotional challenges and distress alone. Recovering compensation for your hardship may help you get the proper resources to help you through the challenging times with a mind at ease.

Speak With Kenison Law Office for a Free Consultation With Our Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney

Pain and suffering may appear differently for every car accident victim. However, our dedicated team of professionals at Kenison Law Office helps to ensure that every case is handled according to a client’s specific legal needs. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding an accident, if you have suffered serious injury and life changes because of another’s negligence, our team may help you build a case against the parties responsible. To schedule your free consultation with attorney John B. Kenison Jr., complete a contact form or call to speak with someone in our law office.