Cambridge, MN asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Minnesota

Q: Can you sue in small claims court in Minnesota for emotional distress?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: A Minnesota attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Until you are able to consult with a Minnesota attorney, here is a link to a resource for small claims litigants. It was prepared by the Minnesota Attorney General's office and can be found on the Internet by anyone in the public, attorneys and non-attorneys alike:

https://www.ag.state.mn.us/Brochures/pubConciliationCourt.pdf

As a GENERAL matter across THE NATION AS A WHOLE, small claims courts could vary as to the types of cases they handle, where some limit their scope to basic straightforward money disputes (rent securities, breach of contract, debts, small property damage, etc.) while some also handle tort matters. It looks like you might mean the intentional tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, rather than emotional distress as consequential damages of a more major underlying physical injury. Keep in mind, on the whole, such cases could be difficult and many attorneys tend to shy away from them. If you are able to contact court clerks, they might be able to offer guidance. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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