Can I sue for emotional distress from a car accident?
A sense of safety and comfort is important to leading a happy life, being productive at work, and staying healthy overall. Unfortunately, a serious car accident can completely shatter your sense of safety. You may find yourself unable to drive down the road without having a panic attack. You may suffer from bouts of insomnia that can completely ruin the following day, and you might find it impossible to concentrate at work, which could even lead to termination. Many accident victims find themselves wondering, “Can I sue for emotional distress from a car accident?” The answer is most likely “yes.” Though every case is different, the law recognizes that emotional distress can be just as troubling in life as damage to your car or physical injuries sustained. Los Angeles car accident attorneys from Ellis Law are standing by 24/7 to hear all the details about your accident and your injuries, both physical and mental.
Make sure you have a talented legal team in your corner
If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, their insurance company should foot the bill for your expenses. Usually, they’ll either try and shift the blame on to you or offer a small settlement in hopes that you’ll take it and be on your way. In either of these scenarios, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer from Ellis Law to represent you. We can put together evidence to firmly establish fault, and we can help you fight for maximum compensation. They may offer to pay for emergency medical bills and car repairs, but they rarely will offer to pay for lingering issues like whiplash, and mental health care to treat anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. An attorney can also help you recover funds to make up for lost wages or reduced earning potential, as well as compensation to cover cost of living expenses like food, rent, and utilities while you recuperate.
Emotional damage is a serious matter
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, or the state of your car or other property. As covered above, you have the right to seek compensation for bills incurred as a result of another driver’s recklessness. You can also sue for pain and suffering (both physical and mental) caused by this unfortunate accident. It’s common for this amount to be up to three times the sum of all calculable tangible damages. At Ellis Law, we realize a traumatic event like a car crash can stick with you for decades, and we’ll fight hard to help you win the money you need to get your life back on track.
Schedule a free consultation with a legal expert today
Ellis Law offers free and confidential consultations to anyone who thinks they’ve been injured by another person’s negligence. Though it’s always better to start building a case as soon as possible, we recognize that severe emotional damage might not be readily apparent until days, weeks, or months after your accident. California state law does allow some time (in some cases over two years), to file a personal injury lawsuit. Don’t suffer through the stress and anxiety on your own. Contact us today and make an appointment with one of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys. Tell us all the details about your accident and your current condition, and we’ll help you figure out what the next steps should be.
We work on contingency fees
At Ellis Law, we believe the good folk of Los Angeles deserve quality legal representation, whether they can afford an expensive lawyer out of pocket or not. Our partners work on contingency fees, which means we don’t see a dime in legal fees until you agree to a settlement or win a jury verdict. If we decide you have a case, we’ll get to work right away with no upfront fees. In the unlikely event you should lose your case, you won’t owe us a thing. Though every case is different, and no outcome can be guaranteed, Ellis Law has a proven track record of success. We’ve secured over $350 million in damages for our clients over the years, and it’s a number that continues to grow.