Defining Emotional Suffering After a Maritime Accident

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What is considered emotional suffering or mental anguish after a maritime accident?

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You ask a good question. You will have bills to show for your physical injuries. If, for example, you broke a bone on a commercial fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey, a tug boat off of the coast of Long Island, or on another commercial vessel then you will have bills to show for your medical treatments and you will be able to prove your lost income. There will be a date on which your injury is considered healed and you will be able to go back to work. You will know what your injury is and what it is worth.

Recovering for an Emotional Injury Isn’t as Easy—But it Is Possible

Before you can recover for emotional suffering or mental anguish after a maritime accident you will need to prove that you suffered. Some of the things that may be considered emotional suffering after a maritime accident include:

  • Loss of enjoyment in the things you used to like doing
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of energy
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Other changes in behavior or moods

In order to prove that you suffered these things and what your recovery should be for your damages, you may need to speak with a psychologist, psychiatrist or another mental health professional to diagnose your condition(s) and the problems that have resulted from those conditions.

You May Also Need a Lawyer

A maritime injury lawyer may be able to convince the insurance company or your employer that your mental anguish damages are real and that you deserve compensation under the Jones Act or another applicable maritime law.

To learn more, please read our free report, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights , and start an online chat with us today.