Q: I was hit on a crosswalk by a drunk driver running a red light - i was bruised but not severely injured.
Do I still have the option to sue for mental distress?
A: Being bruised constitutes physical injury. You are entitled to receive compensation for that physical injury, even if the injury is not "severe." You are also entitled to receive compensation for any mental distress caused by this incident, including pre-impact fright, if any, and post-impact mental anguish. The extent of the physical injuries together with mental distress will determine the extent of total compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you present your case properly and draw attention to your injuries, both physical and mental, in order to obtain fair compensation.
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