A wrongful death is one that happened because of someone else’s negligence. It may have been an accident, or an otherwise controllable variable that resulted in devastating consequences. Regardless, wrongful death often derails lives in the most impactful ways possible including the emotional toll and the financial impact on families. If you are in this position, keep reading to find out what you might be facing and how best to deal with it.
The Emotional Side of Wrongful Death: What to Expect
It is hard to deny that grief is one of the most powerful emotions in the world. As humans, we connect to our loved ones in such a special way that when it is severed for reasons we don’t understand, it causes untold pain. This pain resonates throughout a family and a community, and brings anger, denial, depression and even anxiety. It is typical for grief to last a long time, years even, so seeking helping for these feelings is recommended. When left unaddressed and unattended to, grief takes over every single aspect of life.
There are many grief therapists out there that are ready and willing to help you. Working through the emotional consequences of losing someone is never going to be an easy task, but it is a journey you now must take, nevertheless. If you don’t feel ready, that is okay. However, it is important that these options are represented so that you know that, when the time comes, you have it as a path through. Whatever the reason behind losing your loved one, therapy may not hold all of the answers but it will certainly enable you to control and respond to the feelings you’re having in a more productive and nurturing way.
Protecting Your Family
The biggest factor that leaves you feeling out of control after saying goodbye to a loved one such as a spouse is not knowing how to stay strong for the rest of your family. While this burden is never completely on your shoulders, it is felt deeply, especially if it means a child saying goodbye to a parent. There are lots of implications to this, and that is why it is vital to keep things in perspective and find positive steps forward. Protecting your family could look like giving them the facts, supporting them to stay in school, or helping them to come to terms with what has happened through therapeutic routes.
Financial Side of Wrongful Death: What Might Happen?
When a loved one dies, and they are the sole earner of a household, it is only natural that your head will be filled with anxieties and even guilt. When you have children to support or bills to pay and a house to maintain, the last thing you need after going through a grieving period is to fall into debt cycles or fear losing your safe base. However, all of these things are a very real threat. Therefore, you have to find a way to dictate what happens next in a more positive framework so that you are not dealing with even more stressful circumstances on top of everything you’re already having to process.
Wrongful Death Suits
This is where the majority of wrongful death suits come to life. While there is a compelling emotional side to these claims, a primary purpose is to establish financial stability for the person left behind, especially when that would put a child at risk of losing their home, etc. So, what is the process and how do you get the suit started?
Talk to an Attorney
Our team will help you to figure out the facts of the case and work with you to establish the correct amount of remuneration that you are owed from the guilty party. They will calculate a figure and you are free to agree or disagree, but this is a crucial first step. After this, the discussions will focus around the emotional consequences of losing your loved one and all the other ways that this incident has impacted your life. You are reasonable to assume that whomever or whatever caused the death of your partner or family member should be accountable for compensation.
Our attorneys will then proceed to prove that there was negligence to be found that brought about the accident in the first place. They will look at things like health and safety policies if the incident happened at work or in a store environment, personal background factors such as alcohol abuse, etc., and whether or not there was a car involved. There are many factors that determine culpability, and our lawyers will find it if it is there to be found.
The final step will be to show why you are bringing a suit against the culpable party. You have to represent the facts here and determine all the ways that your life has been impacted as a direct result of losing this person. This does include financial aspects like loss of income, but it is also concerned with the emotional impact as well. You should also be prepared to state why you are the person filing the suit and show the reasons that support your interest in the claim.
When a wrongful death occurs, it is a special kind of grief. You are left with so many questions and feelings of resentment, anxiety, and even anger that you may not know where to turn or how to move forward. Healing from grief is only possible with time behind you, but there is a future ahead where you find strength and happiness once more. If you have been affected by this, take all the necessary steps to find the justice you and your lost loved one deserves.
Farnsworth & Vance attorney office is dedicated to supporting your wrongful death claim. We understand the emotional impact a wrongful death has on everyone related to the victim, and always work with absolute respect and legal expertise to ensure the outcome is what everyone needs to find resolution.
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