"Punitive" damages are only awarded when the jury wants to deter the defendant (opposing party) from engaging in conduct similar to that which brought on the lawsuit. To have punitive damages assessed by a judge or jury, something very, very serious has to have happened to you. "Pro bono" in case you didn't know means "free-of-charge. If you feel you have a viable action seek out any attorney. I would be more specific as to which type, medical malpractice, personal injury, criminal, etc. however, "mental anguish" you experienced could fall into any of these categories of attorneys. Their consultations are usually free and should they feel you have a viable claim, fees and costs would be deducted from your settlement.
There are lawyers that you can contact to help you sue for puenative damages & mental anguish. You can inquirer from any of the local law firms or from the court house for a recommendation on the best lawyer to help you.
Yes there is. (lol). However, you must rely on an attorney's professional assessment of your case. "Mental anguish" is not always actionable in court; and no lawyer is going to take a losing case before a judge.
Mental anguish? Are you talking about the intentional infliction of emotional distress? That's extremely difficult to prove and it would be even harder to find an attorney willing to take on a case like that were they would get paid little or nothing especially if there's a large punitive damages settlement. Naturally, you can ask around, but I think you'd have a better chance of finding an attorney if you're willing to give up a contingency fee.