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Can you sue for mental stress due to a fire that destroyed part of your property by a neighbors garage explosion?

Pasadena, CA |

my girlfriends mother home caught fire and was nearly destroyed due to an explosion from the neighbors garage. Despite being covered by the insurance . Her mother is under tremendous stress now after having to be displaced in a hotel until the home is repaired with her 12 year old son and job.
Can she take legal action due to these stress?

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You can sue, but honestly it wouldn't be a very strong claim. If insurance has covered the damage, I assume that the hotel would be covered under it as well, so if your only claim is infliction of emotional distress, then it would not be worth filing suit over.

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Are they covering the cost to repair her place and the costs incurred as a result of having to live somewhere else? If so, then it is unlikely that there could be additional money for emotional distress. You could sue, but you would probably have a difficult time finding an attorney to take on the case - especially if the stress is the only item of damages remaining.

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