A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race or age; how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people that die by suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression, 30% to 70% of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Know that suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 1% of all deaths. More years of life are lost to suicide than to any other single cause except heart disease and cancer.
Thirty Thousand Americans die by suicide each year and an additional Five Hundred Thousand Americans attempt suicide annually. Suicide rates are highest in old age (20% of the population and 40% of suicide victims are over 60). After age 75 the rate is three times higher than average, and that amount of white men over 80 is six times higher than average.
Substance abuse is another great instigator of suicide; it may be involved in half of all cases. About 20% of suicides involve people with alcohol problems and the lifetime rate of suicide among people with alcohol-use problems is at least three or four times the average. Completed suicides are more likely to be men over 45, who are depressive or alcoholic.
Our Firm, The Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A., strive to provide all of the necessary legal tools to support those families whose relative is the victim of suicide. This is tragically a tough time. The pain and suffering these families have been forced to endure merit compensation against the negligent party. We place such a large amount of trust in our medical professionals and it is their duty to provide their patients with correct diagnoses and to act on noticed symptoms.
Filing a claim can be very hard if you or a loved one has just experienced such a traumatic event; we can help you collect all the evidence needed to file a claim against the negligent health care provider.
You or your family deserves to be compensated for the loss of another family member when the danger of suicide was present and nothing was done to prevent it.