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Don't underestimate a loss of companionship

When considering a wrongful death case, you may find yourself thinking about the financial costs like the ambulance ride, the care in the hospital and the funeral costs. You could be facing thousands of dollars in unexpected bills.

However, that may not be the end of the line in terms of compensation. Think about the other ways that your loved one's death has impacted your life. For instance, consider the loss of companionship if your spouse died in a car crash or a workplace accident.

You didn't expect to go through life alone. You wanted the support and love that your spouse offered. That was your vision for the future.

It's not just about emotions. Psychologists point out that companionship is a fundamental human need. They link loneliness to issues like:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Poor appetite
  • Poor sleep
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Reduced cardiovascular functioning
  • Impaired immune functioning
  • Emotional conflict
  • Distrust

This is only compounded when you have children together. You find yourself without the helper and companion you wanted to raise the kids. Any single parent can tell you how much harder this is. Your kids will grow up without that parental figure in their life. Even if they're young when your spouse passes away, they feel that loss as they get older.

You need to consider all of this and much more when you are thinking about filing a wrongful death suit. Make sure that you don't underestimate how it impacted your life and what rights you may have to compensation from anyone who bears responsibility for your loved one's death.

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