When you are involved in an accident or you sustain an injury, the pain and discomfort you endure can go beyond just the physical. In many cases, you can suffer severe emotional harm as a result of what you go through.
Under the laws in Illinois, it is possible to obtain monetary compensation for your emotional distress. This money is paid by the person or company who hurt you or, in most cases, by that person’s insurance company.
The money for emotional distress can be obtained through an out-of-court settlement or after a trial for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. In any case, you will need a caring and experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer to help you seek compensation for your emotional distress.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we have a history of collecting maximum awards for our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims, including more than 280 multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts.
Find out how we can help you seek compensation for your emotional distress. Call us today or contact us online. We can schedule a free review of your case.
Obtaining Compensation for Emotional Distress
Emotional distress can take many different forms after an accident and can have several different causes. Some examples of situations where you may be entitled to damages for emotional distress include:
- Suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of an accident
- Experiencing depression as a result of the serious injuries you sustained
- Developing anxiety problems as a result of the fear caused by the accident.
- Developing insomnia because you cannot sleep due to the accident or injuries.
In these and other situations, there is a clear and direct link between the emotional harm you experienced and the accident or injuries you endured. In order to obtain compensation for emotional distress, you will need to prove that the emotional issues you are experiencing are real and that they are caused by the person or company that hurt you.
A Chicago Injury Lawyer Can Help You to Recover Emotional Distress Damages
Since it is very hard to put a price on how much your emotional harm is worth, emotional distress damages can be difficult to calculate. However, you will need to clearly show how your emotional problems are affecting you if you want to obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Whether you are trying to prove the extent of your emotional harm during a personal injury or wrongful death trial, or whether you are trying to obtain compensation through negotiating an out-of-court settlement, the burden is on you to prove that the emotional harm entitles you to monetary damages.
Before you sign anything or agree to a settlement, you should always speak with an attorney who is representing your interests. Insurance companies and large corporations who cause harm to you will have their own professionals and experts on their side trying to pay you as little as they can. You will need a lawyer to speak up for you so your emotional injury doesn’t go uncompensated.
An injury lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can assist you in gathering evidence and proving your claim. We know what you are going through, and we understand how important your claim is to you.
Give us a call today or send in our online form to learn how we can put our legal experience to work to help with your injury claim. We serve clients in Chicago and Illinois. Our initial consultations are free and confidential.