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Phoenix Attorneys Helping Victims of Negligent or Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Wrongful conduct resulting in panic, stress or emotional anguish

When a business or person behaves in ways that result in your severe and continuing psychological turmoil, you may have a legally valid and compensable claim for emotional distress in Arizona. Most claims are either based in intentional or negligent torts. To help you, Lewis and Pokora provides the services of lawyers in Phoenix experienced in cases of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. We deliver the information and insight you need to pursue justice after you have been intentionally or negligently harmed by the unlawful activities of a business, an employer, a negligent driver or another responsible party.

A compensable claim may result from the following types of legal assertions:

  • Intentional conduct
    • Assault or battery
    • Employment discrimination
    • False imprisonment
    • Schoolyard bullying
    • Sexual harassment / stalking
    • Trading insults
    • Unjustified use of force
    • Workplace bullying
    • Wrongful foreclosure /eviction
  • Negligent behaviors
    • Accidental injuries
    • Defective product accidents
    • Drunk driving accidents
    • Improperly stacked boxes
    • Falling objects or debris
    • Medical mistakes
    • Surgical errors
    • Slip, trip and fall accidents
    • Traffic accidents

Protecting people hurt in accidents or as a result of intentional wrongdoing

Arizona recognizes two types of emotional distress cases, each with its own unique legal elements. If you have particular questions about each type of claim, you should consult a Phoenix lawyer from Lewis and Pokora who understands how to help you obtain compensation for intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress. We can provide you with the detailed advice and guidance you need to secure your legal right to compensation. According to the jury instructions republished by the Arizona Bar Association, a cognizable emotional distress claim may involve the following assertions:

  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) cases are based on a defendant’s intentional or reckless actions, which are so extreme and outrageous that they caused a plaintiff to suffer foreseeable distress.
  • Negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED) cases can be broken down into two categories:
    • Direct NIED claims pertain to plaintiffs who experience emotional distress resulting from the imminent apprehension of bodily harm to themselves through the negligent conduct of another person or entity.
    • Indirect NIED claims are restricted to close personal relations — such as family members including spouses, parents and children — who witness an accident while they were in the zone of danger created by the negligent conduct of the defendant. Although the plaintiff may not sustain physical injuries during the accident, witnessing the harm to a loved one resulted in emotional distress or a subsidiary mental break.

Certain cases of infliction of emotional distress are so serious that they lead to further pain or physical harm. These instances are serious matters and may warrant criminal charges.

Contact our Phoenix law firm for representation in an infliction of emotional distress injury claim

At Lewis and Pokora, our Phoenix attorneys can help when you have become a victim of NIED or IIED. Consult a lawyer from our firm with experience handling these and all types of personal injury claims. Call 602.889.6666 or contact us online to discuss your case today. We hope you take advantage of our offer to provide a no-risk, no-obligation free initial consultation.

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