The doctors told me I might have to have surgery (or additional surgeries) and/or I might lose important bodily functions. Even though that issue worked out okay, it caused considerable stress and anxiety. Is that part of my claim?

Washington courts allow an injured person to recover damages for anxiety from a current fear of future illness or injury that results from an original injury caused by someone’s negligence.

Examples include someone who drank glass shards from a bottle being told by a doctor he might need surgery to search for the shards; fear that a catheter improperly placed in the arm might have slipped into the cardiovascular system; and, fear of significant cancer risk from exposure to asbestos.

Contact a personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation.

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