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Unexpected death: an ongoing struggle for families

| Nov 30, 2020 | Catastrophic Injuries & Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death |

Many people understand the immediate impact of an early death. Mourning, paying for a funeral and personal struggle are expected. What people fail to think about is the way a wrongful death can echo a family’s life. Death can leave a family struggling for years psychologically, medically and financially.

Grief Creates A Web Of Consequences

The goal of every family is to create a loving and stable environment for its members. When you take away the stability, the remaining members of the family have to scramble to recover.

After a sudden death, your family may experience a wide range of issues you didn’t expect, like:

  • Ongoing financial struggles: Families who lose an income earner struggle for much longer than a few months or a year. They often feel that loss for years as they recover, especially if the family lost a primary income earner. The impact can even go so far as to alter your child’s earnings potential.
  • Increased likelihood of family addiction and criminal activity: While many individuals offer compelling personal stories, we also know that the data shows a far higher risk of addiction and incarceration, particularly for children who lose a parent suddenly.
  • Persistent health issues: In addition to behavioral issues, family members often also struggle with issues like depression, anxiety and even physical pain and immune system issues. These conditions are often strongly associated with health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Creating a sense of stability and taking appropriate financial action after a loss can help you retain your potential income and help avert some of the lasting ramifications of a wrongful death.

Obtaining Support

While family and friends often recommend medical support, we also suggest you seek legal support as well. If another party’s negligence led to your loss, you may be able to obtain critical financial support as your family finds its feet. Consult a lawyer to find out more about your possible case.

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