Grieving after Wrongful Death

Grieving after Wrongful Death

Grieving after Wrongful Death

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville wrongful death lawyer. Even though death is a natural part of life, it is often devastating to deal with the loss of a person you care about. It is more comforting when loved ones pass away from old age after they have lived a long and full life. However, accidents often leave people with fatal injuries. When this happens, families and friends have to deal with the sudden death of a loved one without any warning, and the experience can be traumatic.

Defining “Wrongful Death”

When a person’s death is caused by the reckless or negligent behavior of another party, it is referred to as a “wrongful death” case. Everybody has a legal duty to exercise due caution to prevent harm to others. When someone loses their life in a wrongful death case, it doesn’t only rob the injured individual of their life, but also means that their friends and family have to cope with sudden, tragic loss. Many times, those killed in wrongful death cases leave behind people who depended on them for financial and/or emotional support, and this can make coping even more difficult.


It is often difficult to accept that a loved one was killed because of negligence. The emotions following this experience can be confusing and often stay with people for years. In some cases, those who’ve lost somebody important to them are never able to fully recover from the emotional stress they have endured. While coping may become easier, the feeling of loss may never go away.

The grief caused by wrongful deaths often leads to serious health issues such as sleep disorders, severe anxiety, and debilitating depression. These mental health issues can also lead to secondary physical health problems like ulcers and high blood pressure.

Understanding Grief

In the below video, Julia Samuel, a professional grief counselor, explains some important details about grief and what grieving individuals can do to help cope:

Getting Compensated

While no amount of money could ever replace someone, the families and dependents of those killed by negligent parties are able to seek financial compensation for the losses they have suffered. Because these accidents can affect so many facets of a person’s life, the damages that are recoverable in wrongful death cases are various.

Damages that can be recovered in wrongful death cases include loss of emotional support, loss of companionship, loss of financial support, medical bills incurred because of the accident, funeral costs, and more. To learn more about getting repaid for damages, get in touch with an experienced wrongful death lawyer.

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Vacaville Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville wrongful death lawyer. If a negligent party has caused the death of your loved one, call me as soon as you are able so I can give you free, friendly advice. I’m available locally at (707) 564-1900. Elsewhere, use (800) 404-5400 or my website, to get in touch with me.

I’ve legally represented Vacaville residents who have suffered wrongful death and/or personal injury losses for over 36 years.

Take a look at my firm’s Verdicts and Settlements.

I’m a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This means I’ve previously settled or won a case worth more than one million USD.

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