Sometimes, a personal injury is obvious, such as when you are injured as a result of an automobile accident or if you slip and fall in a public place. However, what happens when you suffer emotional injury that is not always so apparent? Most people do not know that even injuries of an emotional nature can sometimes warrant a personal injury claim. While there are a few different types of emotional injury, such as basic emotional distress and pain and suffering, there is one that is more questioned than most; invasion of privacy. When an invasion of privacy is to a severe degree, it can create all kinds of problems and can definitely be grounds for a personal injury claim. But, in court, you will need to prove three important things to have a better chance of winning your claim.
You need to prove that someone intentionally intruded on your privacy.
Not all invasions of privacy happen on purpose. For example, say a friend snaps a group photo at a club and you happen to be standing in the background. She shares the image on social media and your boss sees you were at the club instead of at work, so you lose your position. Even though this may be an invasion of your privacy by your friend, it is accidental in nature. For a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that a person willfully and intently invaded your privacy with derogatory intent.
Offer evidence that your privacy was unreasonably shared for publicity.
In the fast-paced world that exists now, images, videos, and statements spread so quickly it can be hard for them to be contained already. However, if someone goes above and beyond to share something personal about you for publicity, it is evidence that your privacy has been unreasonably invaded.
You must prove that the intrusion caused you harm in some way.
Invasion of privacy is uncomfortable on many levels, but unless you can show proof that the intrusion has caused problems in your daily life, you may not have a case. Even though the damage may be emotional, it is helpful if you can also show that the invasion of privacy changed your reputation in such a way that it affected things like your career, business, relationships, or other life situations. Even though it can be difficult to prove links between a direct invasion and a change, finding a way to do this through witness statements and testimony can definitely help your case.