Examples Of Your Injury-Caused Emotional Distress Leading To Physical Pain

In a personal injury case, damages from medical expenses and lost earnings are relatively easy to calculate for an experienced attorney. The damages from emotional distress, however, are a little more difficult to calculate. Regardless, emotional distress is a real issue for many people who have gone through some type of injury, and will thus be an important factor in your personal injury case. In fact, your emotional distress may even be causing you to experience physical pain. This is pain that is different from any pain that you developed from the injury itself, but is still related. Here are some examples where this may be the case.


There are many factors that can lead to headaches, including those that relate to emotional distress. When you're constantly stressed because of your injury — perhaps you're worrying about how to make ends meet if you cannot work — you may notice that headaches are now a regular occurrence for you. Your personal injury attorney will likely refer you to a physician who can assess your headache issue and declare that it's likely a result of your emotional distress.

High Blood Pressure

One of the potential causes of high blood pressure can be long-term emotional distress. You may not discover that you have high blood pressure immediately after your injury, but if you've taken some time to contact an attorney and prepare legal proceedings — and have suffered from significant emotional stress in the meantime — high blood pressure may now be a part of your life. In order for your attorney to include this argument in your case, it will need to be clear that the high blood pressure is a relatively recent phenomenon. Obtaining your medical records from before the injury, hopefully proving that your blood pressure was normal, will be valuable.


Obesity can also have a link with emotional distress. Although there's a physical side to gaining weight — consuming more calories than you're burning — your attorney may argue that your weight gain has a direct link with the emotional distress that has been a part of your life since your injury. This can be possible in a variety of scenarios. For example, if you've been so upset emotionally that you haven't felt compelled to leave the house and visit the gym as you normally have, weight gain can occur.

For more information or assistance, reach out to an attorney like Jack W Hanemann, P.S.