In 2010 suicide was the tenth leading cause of deaths in the United States and it is estimated to be the tenth leading cause yet again amongst Americans in 2011.
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life on purpose whether through a drug overdose or car crashed on purpose. It is estimated that for every suicidal death, 11 others will attempt suicide.
Four times as many men as women commit suicide and young adults are more likely to commit suicide than any other age group. Others at high risk include adolescents and adults over the age of 65. In fact, The National Institute of Mental Health notes that out of every 100,000 older adults, 14.3 will commit suicide.
If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts and behavior caused by a traumatic incident or someone else’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
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What May Cause Suicidal Behavior?
There are a number of risk factors associated with suicide, however those at risk may not necessarily be suicidal. Suicide is often committed out of despair and when an individual feels that they have no way out or are unable to seek help.
Some common causes of suicidal behavior include:
- Side-Effect of Prescription Medication
- Bipolar Disorder
- Drug Abuse
- Stressful Situations (Relationship Problems, Financial Situations, etc.)
- Death of a Loved One
Persons involved in traumatic accidents that caused facial disfigurement, paralysis, or loss of a limb may also experience suicidal behavior.
Signs and Symptoms of Suicidal Behavior
There are a number of risk factors that could lead an individual to commit suicide including (but not limited to) access to weapons, familial history of suicide, and those who have previously attempted suicide.
It is important to note any signs and symptoms a person who is having suicidal thoughts may be exhibiting, including:
- Excessive Moodiness or Sadness
- Changes in Personality/Appearance
- Dangerous Behavior
- Threatening Suicide
- Sudden Calmness
If an individual who had a period of depression or moodiness and they suddenly appear calmer it may be a sign that they have made the decision to end their life. Furthermore, if said person is also attempting to make plans to get their personal business in order it can also be linked to the decision to commit suicide.
If you or anyone you know is exhibiting suicidal behavior, it is important that they seek medical assistance right away. Most suicide attempts are not simply bids for attention, but calls for help and indicators that there is a serious problem.
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The loss of a loved one due to suicide can be devastating to friends and family, particularly because suicide is a major preventable problem. If you or a loved one has experienced suicidal tendencies caused a personal injury or psychological suffering as a result of another individual’s negligence, our attorneys are ready to help you.
With more than 180 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Gordon & Doner can help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation, and help guide you through the entire litigation process. We have several offices located throughout three counties in South Florida and proudly serve the following areas:
- Ft. Lauderdale
- Delray Beach
- West Palm Beach
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