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Getting Help for a Loved One’s Substance Abuse

Addiction and substance abuse is a common problem. Whether the problem lies with alcohol, painkillers and other prescription medications, or completely illegal “street drugs,” a person struggling with addiction often needs the help of loved ones to bring the problem under control. Helping someone recover from addiction isn’t just good for their health. It also protects them from making mistakes that could cost them their job or lead to lawsuits.

Addiction can lead to many problems

The specific nature of addiction depends on many factors. These include the particular psychology of the individual and the particular qualities of the substance to which they are addicted. But many types of addiction share common features, such as these:
  • Health effects. Even legal substances with addictive qualities, like alcohol, can have serious adverse health consequences for people who abuse them.
  • Social problems. An addict can have difficulty with relationships, including those with friends and family, as well as at work. The problems can be directly associated with using the substance, or they can be the result of symptoms, like lack of adequate sleep, impacted memory, and so forth. In extreme cases an addict can commit crimes to feed their habit.
  • Bad judgment. For many types of addicts, the normalization of substance abuse in their lives leads to bad choices, like a decision to drive under the influence or use a substance at work.

Getting help

Intervening in a loved one’s addiction isn’t always easy to do alone. Fortunately, there are several resources available for people need help developing an intervention strategy. In addition to online resources dedicated to the addict’s specific condition, substance abuse hotlines offer a good first step to finding answers to personal questions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a federal agency offering substance abuse assistance. The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health offers support at the state level. Getting help can also involve looking into addiction recovery programs. Such programs vary in quality, professionalism, and cost. Figuring out which one will be the right fit for your loved one can take a lot of work, which the addict may not be willing or able to do alone. In some situations, it is important to intervene directly to prevent a catastrophic problem. Perhaps the most common scenario where this is important is if someone has had too much to drink but insists on driving. Taking away such a person’s keys can be a first step in a broader move to help that person break their habit of abusing alcohol. The law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez is proud of its long history of providing caring, personalized service to each client. We help clients address legal challenges with solutions that address the whole picture. If you have questions about an injury you or a loved one has suffered as a consequence of substance abuse, please reach out to us today for a free attorney consultation. We’re available at 702-388-4476 or contact us through our website.

Legal Options Following the Death of a Spouse

Losing a spouse in an accident is among the most stressful life events. The surviving spouse endures significant emotional harm, and often has to deal with significant financial challenges as well. In cases where the spouse’s death was the result of another person’s negligence or happened at work, the survivor should consult with an attorney to understand their legal options for pursuing compensation that will ease the practical consequences of his or her loss.

Suing for wrongful death claim in Nevada

When a spouse’s death was caused by another person’s negligence the survivor may have the option of suing for damages under the legal concept of wrongful death. Wrongful death is a cause of action that can only be brought by the heirs or legal representatives (typically, estate attorneys) of a person who died as a consequence of a negligent act. Negligence is the backbone of many personal injury cases. It applies when the defendant owed a duty of care toward the deceased person and failed to meet that duty of care, and as a consequence of that failure caused the injuries that led to the deceased person’s death. Duties of care are defined by law, either in statutes or in the long tradition of court cases. An auto accident often involves an act of negligence. For example, a person who runs a red light has committed negligence by failing to obey traffic laws. A plaintiff in a wrongful death case can sue for damages that aren’t available in an ordinary personal injury case. Among other things, the plaintiff can pursue compensation for grief, loss of companionship, and loss of comfort. They can also seek compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased spouse. If the deceased spouse was also a major source of income for the family, the plaintiff can also pursue compensation for that loss of income.

Death at work

Potential plaintiffs should bear in mind that a death at work involves a different set of rules from other cases of negligence. A Nevada employer that is compliant with state laws will have workers’ compensation insurance to protect itself in the event that a worker dies on the job. Among other things, the rules around workers’ compensation prohibit most lawsuits against employers who are compliant with insurance requirements. Instead, the surviving spouse needs to apply for death benefits through the employer’s workers’ compensation coverage. Just because the workers’ comp system protects employers doesn’t mean that there is no longer an option of filing a wrongful death claim against other parties who may bear responsibility. A personal injury attorney can examine the facts of the case to determine the extent to which the workers’ compensation bar against lawsuits applies. For over four decades the attorneys at Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez have helped clients seek compensation for personal injuries. Our practice is centered on providing caring, compassionate service to every client. For a free attorney consultation about your case call us today at 702-388-4476 or send us a request on our contact page.