Compensation for Mental Anguish
A common component in a large proportion of lawsuits filed in court is a claim for monetary compensation for mental distress. In order for the court to consider and grant such a claim, the plaintiff must prove in evidence the non-financial distress caused to him.
To claim monetary compensation for ‘mental distress’ per se, without proof is a weak claim.
In addition, the plaintiff must prove a causal connection between the breach of contract on the part of the defendant and the mental distress caused to him.
This is despite the fact that a court is empowered to exercise discretion and award compensation for non-financial damage.