There are many times when people get into crashes and end up with serious injuries and then struggle with mental health issues as a result. Some may suffer from head injuries that cause anxiety or depression, and others may develop these conditions as a result of changes that occur because of injuries or the impact of the accident.
Even something as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder can suddenly begin to impact a victim’s life days or weeks following a collision. It’s important to get victims psychological support, because if not, they could end up in a dark place. If they commit suicide, it may create a question about whether or not this was a wrongful death linked to the collision.
Who is liable if an accident victim commits suicide?
Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against any person whose actions led to the death of another person. In the case of a suicide, you would need to be sure to link the suicide to another person’s actions. For example, if you can directly link the suicide to the disfigurement caused by a collision, then there may be a chance to sue for your loved one’s wrongful death.
It’s not always going to be the driver who is held at fault, though. Others might be held at fault for negligence or medical errors. For instance, if your loved one was placed on an antidepressant, the doctor should monitor them closely. These medications are known to increase the risk of suicide in some people. If your loved one complained of suicidal thoughts but did not receive assistance due to the doctor’s neglect, then the doctor may be the person to hold responsible.
In some instances, it’s the drug manufacturer who is to blame, since some drugs drive people to commit suicide. Product liability laws hold them accountable if they know about the risks but do not alert consumers.
It is not always easy to know if there is someone you can hold liable after a loved one commits suicide, especially if they’ve been through a traumatic event. Suicides are often unpredictable, and you’ll need to be able to link one to the direct actions of another person or a medication to show that it was the cause of your loved one’s death. These cases are complicated, so it’s typically best for individuals looking to file wrongful death claims to speak with someone familiar with state laws on the matter.