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I was doing some legal research online, and I learned that in emotional distress cases, "...if the defendant's conduct is not so extreme, the plaintiff may need additional evidence that his or her distress is severe." https://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1073&context=mulr

My question is, how can a plaintiff prove their distress is severe when they cannot afford treatment for emotional injury? Can they sue for the cost of therapy and compensation for lack of productivity?

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    You might just need diagnosis in order to prove the level of distress. – George White Jul 18 at 21:56

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