Emotional distress is one of the more unpleasant aspects of a personal injury or accident. The trauma that a person may carry can sometimes follow them for life. One of the challenges of this issue is that it is not as apparent as a physical injury, and thus you may not have access to the same level of assistance or care. Yet, emotional distress can be life-changing and may require compensation to help you get back on your feet. At Setareh Law, we are committed to helping you navigate your emotional distress claim with care and consideration. 

The emotional distress that results from a traumatic situation can linger well after the situation has been resolved, necessitating a financial cushion. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to help you get the compensation necessary to adequately address any emotional distress you may be experiencing. 

What Is Emotional Distress?

Emotional distress is characterized by the mental anguish someone experiences resulting from negligence or carelessness. An individual involved in a personal injury case in California can file an emotional distress claim, as can anyone who may have witnessed the incident in question and experienced trauma. 

Emotional distress can manifest in the moments after the incident occurred or as a delayed reaction that surfaces later. Filing a compensation claim for emotional distress after a traumatic event can provide financial coverage that allows time and access to resources for healing. 

What to Know Before Filing an Emotional Distress Claim in California

There are a few critical points to consider before filing an emotional distress claim in California. The first is that being in the “zone of danger” is crucial in successfully navigating such a claim. The zone of danger is characterized by the physical area where a person could have been in danger due to careless or negligent actions. Even if they were not physically harmed, the emotional distress they experienced because of such proximity might have been enough to cause lasting mental anguish. 

Someone close to the victim in question may also file an emotional distress claim. This includes a spouse or relative, who may experience emotional distress by proxy of what they saw their loved one experience in the context of the trauma. The only proof required in such a case is a close relation to the victim, conduct that caused injury or death to the victim, a presence in the zone of danger, and signs of emotional distress. Close relations as defined in California include a spouse or domestic partner, parents, grandparents, siblings, or children. 

Check With an Experienced California Personal Injury Lawyer Regarding Emotional Distress Claims

Emotional distress is often viewed as less severe than a physical injury, yet it can be just as debilitating. Your entire life can be impacted by trauma resulting in emotional distress, making it just as essential to be compensated if another person or entity is responsible. Setareh Law takes emotional distress claims just as seriously as other claim types. Our team of compassionate attorneys can walk you through the claims process in a way that is respectful of your emotional state in association with the situation that caused it. We will advocate for compensation on your behalf so that you can continue to heal your emotional wounds and address the effects of the distress. 

Check with our team to see if we can help you. Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling us at (310) 659-1826 or contacting us online to learn more. We also speak Spanish.