Rough spots are common on the road of civil litigation, but it’s not every day that a plaintiffs attorney sues his adversary for asking “inhumane” questions during a deposition that allegedly inflict “grievous emotional distress.”

That’s the thrust of a suit filed July 11 in Essex County, N.J., in which Bruce Nagel claims Judith Wahrenberger, his adversary in a medical malpractice case, acted tortiously by asking a husband whether he felt his wife had played a role in the death of their infant daughter by handling the child roughly.