If you have ever considered a personal injury lawsuit, you probably have never considered the notion that not all personal injuries are physical in nature. There is a wide body of law that governs injuries to the person that are financial, emotional, mental or concerning the party’s reputation. If you have suffered this type of injury recently and are interested in discussing your options, you should contact our offices as soon as possible. Our attorneys are adept at all areas of personal injury such as the types of non-physical claims outlined below.
- Defamation: Defamation actions concern injuries to the plaintiff’s reputation. In order to recover under the law of defamation, the defendant must have made statements (written or oral) to a third party. The statements must have been defamatory in nature meaning the statements tend to harm the reputation of the subject of the statements. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation, but oftentimes defendants’ statements are not truthful and are only meant to hurt the plaintiff. If you have recently been involved in a situation like this, let our attorneys help you!
- Infliction of Emotional Distress: The law recognizes two kinds of injuries to plaintiff’s emotional and mental well-being: Intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent affliction of emotional distress. The latter involves a situation whereby the defendant sets out to deliberately harm the plaintiff and says or does something so extreme and outrageous that it would offend someone to extreme measures. Negligent affliction of emotional distress involves an action or statement made by the defendant that may not have been directed at the plaintiff on purpose, but the plaintiff is nonetheless severely affected by it both emotionally and mentally. Infliction of emotional distress is a cause of action that got its start right here in California and the courts are very familiar with the case law and precedent surrounding the cause. If you have recently suffered severe mental or emotional distress as a result of someone’s actions or words, contact our office today. Our injury attorneys would love to discuss this sensitive matter with you and are here to listen.
- Invasion of Privacy: The law also protects personal injuries to one’s right to privacy. We all have a right to privacy in our own homes and with respect to our personal information. Intrusion upon seclusion is a personal injury action whereby a plaintiff is injured by a defendant’s interference with his private life. This could include any unauthorized rifling through the private effects and records of the plaintiff. Invasion of privacy also includes any public disclosure of private facts or use or your likeness for pecuniary gain without your permission. These are all claims that the courts recognizes as an unacceptable encroachment upon the private life and well-being of plaintiffs.
If you have suffered any of these non-physical injuries to your emotions, privacy or reputation, we would love to hear from you. We specialize not only in personal injury law resulting in physical harm, but personal injuries to all areas of your life. We are well-rounded injury lawyers and are waiting to hear from you today!