Coping with Emotional Distress after a Wrongful Death Claim

May 30, 2017

shutterstock_383826784.jpgIf you lose a loved one due to someone else's negligence, a wrongful death claim can help you get the compensation you deserve. But no legal recovery will ever make up for your loss. Before, during and after the legal process, you face grief, anger, and a multitude of additional emotions of which no one should ever have to struggle with during a lifetime. As you work through your legal claims, make sure you take some time to deal with the emotions you are enduring.

Mourn in Your Own Way

People who experience loss never lack for people to tell them how they should respond or what they should do to cope, but there is no correct way to mourn someone's death. Your relationship with a spouse, parent, or child is unique; no cookie-cutter path to moving forward after they are gone exists. Whether you have family or religious traditions on which you rely or other approaches, in the midst of the business and legal issues, don't neglect your own emotional needs.

Accept Help from Others

Your wrongful death claim serves in part to compensate you for the value of what the person did for you and your household. Others will offer help to you along the way. Don't be ashamed to accept it! Your willingness to accept assistance from friends and family is a sign of strength, not of weakness. It can be very easy to retreat from the world, but that could make it harder when you are ready to face everything again. 

This holds true for the details of your wrongful death claim as well. Your lawyer will take care of the legal issues, and work with you to make sure you are prepared to try your case. Hire someone you trust with your case, and then focus on your day-to-day needs as best you can.

If you have lost someone and need to file a wrongful death claim, you need a lawyer who will take care of your case. Contact Stern & Stern LLP to help you get the recovery you deserve.