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Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Outrageous conduct toward someone falls under the intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) and the victim of such conduct should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in this area of law.

Bringing legal action against the person causing emotional distress may stop the conduct and recover any losses caused by the outrageous conduct.

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims

Addressing this complex and sometimes subjective area of law requires the expertise of an experienced attorney able to assess the strength of the case and devise an effective legal strategy.

An intentional infliction of emotional distress claim may be difficult to prove because of the circumstances and availability of evidence. To prove this claim, the behavior of the actor must have been intentional or reckless, extreme and outrageous, be the cause of the emotional distress and the distress must be severe.

How an Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Attorney Can Help

The circumstances of the varying degrees of behavior and the degree of distress suffered will be different in each case. A thorough analysis of the facts and development of admissible evidence are important in proving the claim and establishing the amount of damages pursued. The testimony of an expert witness, such as a therapist or mental health practitioner, may be necessary.

An attorney experienced in this area of law is vital to:

  • Secure a restraining order to stop the person causing the distress
  • Prepare the case for trial
  • Anticipate and counter defense arguments
  • Identify and retain expert witnesses
  • Negotiate with the defense
  • Determine reasonable damages sought

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