Is there any legal action I can take against someone for bullying me?

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Is there any legal action I can take against someone for bullying me?

I was bullied for months by a student and his friends when I was in college, which resulted to me going into clinical depression. It got so bad that it resulted to me threatening my own life, and seeing several professionals for my condition. I have been diagnosed with the condition before the incident, but I was doing extremely well up until the incident. It was not reported to campus police, because I felt it would be overlooked. However, I still have problems and I am not able to live my life as I use to, because of what this person has done. I’m unclear as if there is anything I can do.

Asked on September 16, 2010 under Personal Injury, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The "tort" that you are looking at is known as Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.  In Louisiana there are 4 elements that make up the tort: (1) the defendant must act intentionally or recklessly; (2) the defendant's conduct must be extreme and outrageous; and (3) the conduct must be the cause (4) of severe emotional distress.  The actions must really be outrageous and at times extreme that they go beyond decency and are intolerable in a civilized community.  Go and seek legal counsel in your area.  Consultation should be free.  Be aware that you may be placing your prior mental state in to the arena, so to speak, for all to see and comment upon.  But do not let that deter you. Good luck.


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