He was nothing but ‘a liar, a cheater, deceiver, and heart-breaker.’ If that’s the truth, then you might have a case in the court of law. It’s considered emotional distress. Emotional distress is a personal injury claim that allows you to sue another person or a business for either an intentional act or negligence.
If you’ve lived long enough, chances are you have experienced a relationship in which someone has intentionally toyed with your emotions, and if you were one of the lucky ones imagine this:
Its date #3 and he arrives at your home with a bouquet of flowers, your favorite wine, and a ready-made picnic for the two of you to spend the day in the park. He blind folds you, and asks you to trust him as he drives you to an unknown location. Once you arrive, you realize it’s the park in your childhood neighborhood. This guy is not only creative but he’s highly attentive and paid close attention to everything you said during date #1 & 2. The two of you spend the entire afternoon in the park discussing what you have in common and the future you want to have together.
Fast forward…3 months later. Everything is still good in paradise, the dates are romantic, the conversations are stimulating, and he has said and done everything to allude you to believe “he’s the one.” At the height of the relationship and when all seems to be going well, you discover you’re pregnant. You happily share the unexpected news with him and he is overjoyed about becoming a new father.
Fast forward…5 months into your pregnancy and he changes his phone number and vacates his apartment. He suddenly disappeared without notice or any sign that he was unhappy. Every day for the next month you cry and search tirelessly for him, calling and visiting the few family members and friends of his that you met, only to find out he has a wife and kids on the other side of town. The truth is hard to bear and the stress has caused you to miscarry your baby, lose your job, and attempt suicide.
This harsh story is an example of negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED). We’ve all been through some form of heartache and pain from a relationship but rarely hear about women (or men) exercising their right to rightfully sue a disloyal mate for intentional negligence.
Would you sue if you had a justifiable case of relationship fraud?