What Is the Legal Definition of ''Mental Anguish'' In Texas ?
Mental anguish is defined as intense pain of body or mind or a high degree of mental suffering. Phar-Mor, Inc., v. Chavira, 853 S.W.2d 710, 712 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1993, writ denied).
It is something more than mere worry, anxiety, vexation, or anger. Id.
It is more than disappointment, resentment, or embarrassment. Id.
To recover for mental anguish, the plaintiff must prove such painful emotions as grief, severe disappointment, indignation, wounded pride, shame, despair, or public humiliation. Id.
A mental anguish damages award requires evidence of a high degree of mental pain and distress that is "more than mere worry, anxiety, vexation, embarrassment, or anger." Stevens v. National Educ. Ctrs., Inc., 11 S.W.3d 185, 185 (2000) (per curiam).