Emotional Injury Law and Legal Definition

An emotional injury refers to an impairment to or disorder of the intellectual or psychological capacity of someone as evidenced by observable and substantial reduction in one's ability to function within a normal range of performance and behavior. A negligently inflicted emotional injury is a compensable injury.

A plaintiff suing for purely emotional injuries can recover only if s/he also suffered physical injuries.[Briscoe v. Devall Towing & Boat Serv., Inc., 799 F. Supp. 39, 42 (D. La. 1992)].