Can You Sue A Narcissist For Emotional Distress?
Narcissists are genuinely nasty people to be around. They come into our lives with their pity stories, no one understands me LIES, and their love-bombing campaigns to catch us off guard.
Many narcissists will sleaze their way into a person’s life like the slugs and snakes they are!
Abuse doesn’t always need to be physical. There are several types of abuse that a person can put someone through that leaves no physical scars.
Silent treatment (a classic narcissistic abuse method) is one of these abuses.
Parents who do this to their kids are ABUSING THEIR KIDS!
Partners who give silent treatment are abusing their partners.
ABUSE DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE PHYSICAL!
In this article, I want to show you how you can take steps to sue a narcissist for the emotional roller coaster they have put you through.
This can help you score some blow against the wrongs that they have done to you because heaven knows that these people will never apologize for the wrong.
Listed below is a Step by Step guide to show you how to sue a narcissist who has caused emotional distress successfully!
Note: This article is for informational purposes. This SHOULD NOT SERVE AS PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICE! PLEASE REACH OUT TO A PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVISOR IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE A CASE! THIS IS TO INFORM YOU OF WHAT MAY BE A POSSIBILITY. SPEAK WITH A LAWYER TO SEE IF YOU HAVE A CASE!
Types Of Narcissistic Abuses
What Is Narcissistic Abuse?
Narcissistic abuse is a form of emotional abuse that can happen in any relationship. It is characterized by a pattern of controlling, demeaning, and narcissistic partner behaving badly.
Things are a one way street with them in regard to love and self respect.
This abuse can cause lasting psychological damage, including feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, and depression. It can also lead to physical health problems. If you are in a relationship with someone behaving narcissistically, getting help is essential.
If you suspect you’re being abused, trust your gut and reach out to a friend or family member for support. You can also call a national helpline, like the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. Remember, you are not alone.
What Is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse is a form of maltreatment that can have serious negative consequences for victims. Though emotional abuse does not physically injure victims, it can cause them psychological harm and lead to social, behavioral, and health problems.
Emotional abuse can occur in any relationship between parent and child, siblings, couples, friends, or workplace. This type of abuse focuses on crushing the victim’s self esteem.
What Is Psychological Abuse/ Mental Abuse?
Psychological abuse is a form of maltreatment that includes any type of behavior that is intended to control, scare, or harm another person mentally or emotionally. This type of abuse can be extremely damaging and has been linked to several negative outcomes, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even suicide.
While physical abuse is often easier to identify, psychological abuse can be much more subtle and harder to spot. It can involve threats, name-calling, shaming, manipulation, and control. Victims of psychological abuse may feel like they are always walking on eggshells and never quite sure what will set their abuser off.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is being psychologically abused, you must seek help. There are many resources available to provide support and assistance.
What Is Financial Abuse? – This Is An Abusive Behavior
Financial abuse is a form of domestic violence in which the abuser uses money as a weapon to control the victim. Abusers may withhold money from their victims, forcing them to beg for money or go without food or other necessities.
They may also rack up debt in their victim’s name, preventing them from getting out of financial trouble.
Financial abuse can ruin victims’ credit scores, making it difficult for them to get loans, buy a home, or even get a job. It is a way for abusers to keep their victims trapped in a cycle of poverty and dependence.
How To Sue A Narcissists For Emotional Distress! Yes, This Is Real!
Before I begin, it is important to know that you can sue someone for emotional distress BUT only for outrageous things they have done.
And if you have been with a narcissistic personality disorder partner, then you should have enough information and evidence to prove that being with them has caused your life to turn for the worst!
Excerpt From Psychology Today:
Intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED), also known as intentional infliction of mental distress or the tort of “outrage,” is a tort claim for intentional conduct that results in extreme emotional distress.
The elements are:
(1) The defendant acted intentionally or recklessly;
(2) The defendant’s conduct was extreme and outrageous; and
(3) The defendant’s act is the cause of distress; and
(4) The plaintiff suffers severe emotional distress as a result of the defendant’s conduct.
Step By Step Guide To Learning How To Sue A Narcissist – Understand The Legal System
Step 1: Document The Emotional Distress
This is SO IMPORTANT, and thanks to social media and the technological age we live in, it is NOT difficult to show how you were BEFORE you were with the narc and how you were AFTER being with the narc.
Many pictures of people on Facebook show how they looked before the narc. And you will see how warm, radiate, and HAPPY they were. But then, after being with a narc, how BROKEN they were.
They say pictures say a thousand words, and all those pictures and selfies you had can be used as evidence.
It would also be a good idea to try and scour through all your text messages and messages on social media sent between you and them.
You probably have enough evidence of their verbal abuse in your messages.
These people have NO FILTER.
Now use that against them!
Write down everything they sad, did to you, messaged you, and sent you that hurt you and caused anxiety, depression, or even PTSD; all of this will help you out.
Document the pain!
Step 2: Understand The Intensity Of The Distress
Now, it is common for many of us to experience G.A.D (General Anxiety Disorder), Depression, PSTD, or C-PTSD!
If you have visited a psychologist AFTER being with the narcissist because you have been diagnosed with one of these or any other mental illness that developed after you were with the narc, this is MORE EVIDENCE!
If you are on pills or seeing a therapist consistently, you have evidence that you have been damaged emotionally and psychologically.
And this helps because it shows that it interferes with your everyday life!
Step 3: SPEAK WITH A LAWYER
I cannot stress this enough, as I wrote in the introduction. SPEAK WITH A LAWYER…PLEASE SPEAK WITH A LAWYER — this article is just for informational purposes. It is not professional legal advice.
It is not unlike the narcissist to make false accusations about you to try and discredit you. Nor is it uncommon for them to act irrationally and falsely projecting their faults onto you.
Thus damaging the victim’s psyche even more.
Because emotional distress cases have so many grey areas!
There are ways that you may not have a case, and having a professional look over your claim will help determine if you have a claim.
Research! Research! And do more research before finding a lawyer!
They will help you with the court date, the trial, and managing yourself through this whole chaotic process.
You want someone who knows about narcissism (you will be surprised how many people are unaware) as they will know the best way to win this case if you choose to sue the narcissist.
I say this NOT to deter you but to prepare you!
Understand that going to court is like going to war, and to a narc, they will love this…ONLY if you do not come prepared!
Benefits Of Hiring A Lawyer During Your Divorce
When going through a divorce, having someone on your side who knows the law is essential.
A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary.
Here are some of the benefits of hiring a lawyer during your divorce:
- A lawyer can help you understand the legal process. The legal process can be confusing if you have never been through a divorce. A lawyer can explain the steps involved and help you prepare for what to expect.
- A lawyer can help negotiate a settlement with your spouse. If you can agree on all aspects of your divorce, it will save you time and money. A lawyer can help facilitate negotiations and draft any necessary paperwork.
- A lawyer can represent you in court if necessary.
- Help gather evidence (such as medical records, psychological trauma, restraining order, and more)
- They will have a good sense of the court system
- Can help you with your civil lawsuit
- Will assist with the court proceedings
- They will have your best interest at heart
Step 4: Filing For Your Complaint
This is important!
Research your state’s statute of limitations. Each state has its statute of limitations, meaning you have a window to bring these charges against the narcissist.
Please do your due diligence here and research your state statute of limitations to see how long your window of opportunity of suing them is open!
Step 5: Assembling Evidence
Each side will find out information about the other side during this process!
For example, the narc’s lawyer might reach out to old employees, neighbors, and acquaintances to get more “info” about you. This is somewhat like a smear campaign, especially if the narc uses flying monkeys who have NO MINDS OF THEIR OWN!
Prepare! Prepare! And prepare yourself!
Note you may also be asked to take a deposition, an oral testimony, before the trial.
Lastly, have your lawyer file a motion of particular evidence that is not fair, and they may dismiss that evidence.
Come with your FULL GAME MENTALITY!
Step 6: Taking Your Case To Trial
Get ready to go to court. Work with your attorney! All the evidence, eyewitnesses, and preparation will now come to light!
Step 7: Settling Out Of Court
Lastly, you can also have the option of settling out of court! If this is a path that you would like to go down, know this is also a possibility!
If you feel like suing your narcissists, then I highly recommend (and please do as I have mentioned twice) to speak with a legal advisor!
You may never get an apology from the narc — but you can at least be compensated for the damage they inflicted on you.