- Distress or suffering caused by the deliberate or negligent actions of another, leading to potential damage claims in a lawsuit. It was traditionally tied to physical injuries, but some courts now acknowledge claims for emotional distress without physical contact
- She filed a lawsuit claiming emotional distress after the constant harassment at her workplace.
- They sued the construction company for emotional distress arising from the loud noises at all hours.
- After a traumatic incident caused by negligence, he sought counseling for emotional distress.