Often when someone is injured in an accident, the victim's family is quick to provide emotional and financial support. They may also physically take care of the accident victim if the injuries are serious and require a long recovery. This caretaking is done out of love, but can take a toll on everyone. Immediate family members may need to take off work or adjust the household budget to pay for medical expenses. There's also a risk of emotional exhaustion from the stress of the situation.
Imagine, then, what it must be like to have several family members involved in a single car accident. That's the tragedy that a Redwood City family is trying to overcome, having lost two sons in a single-vehicle accident at the end of last month. A third son survived, but doctors are unsure he will ever walk again.
The accident happened as the brothers and two friends were leaving a party at their uncle's house in San Mateo. One of the friends was driving when for unknown reasons the car drifted off the road, hit a guardrail and flipped over. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was killed in the crash along with the two brothers, who were just 12 and 16 years old. They were sitting in the back seat with their 18-year-old brother, who made it through the crash but remains in a hospital with his parents by his side.
The parents are struggling to understand how one horrible crash could have done so much damage to their family. And as they grieve and care for their sons, they still must care for their two youngest children, ages 6 and 8, both of whom are also distraught and need their parents' support.
Not making things easier are the expenses from the accident, including skyrocketing hospital bills and two funerals and burials. A fund has been started to help the family afford these costs, which can be crippling for a family with just one accident victim.
Those who are struggling to recover from the injuries or death of a loved one after a car accident should know that there are professionals who want to help. An attorney who focuses on personal injury or wrongful death as a result of an accident can be of great assistance in ensuring that families are compensated for medical, funeral and burial expenses.
Source: Mercury News, "Young brothers killed in Peninsula crash were close friends, father says," Joshua Melvin, Feb. 4, 2013
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