Your spouse, who is just 45 years old, passes away after suffering a stoke. You cannot shake the thought that it was due to a car accident months before. Naturally, there are those who claim your spouse would have had a stroke no matter what, and it was just a matter of time. You don't think that's true.
You may be right. According to the American Stroke Association, the odds are three times higher that someone under 50 years old will have an ischemic stroke if they suffered a head or neck injury.
The study was very comprehensive, looking at 1.3 million health records. Those records were for people who ended up in the emergency room due to trauma before turning 50.
Within roughly a month, around 11 people out of every 100,000 suffered a stroke. That was a total of 145 patients. Every month, according to researchers, around 2 million people in the United States wind up in trauma centers. They estimate that around 214 of them have an ischemic stroke in the next four weeks.
In short, if your spouse suffered head and/or neck injuries in that car accident at 44 or 45 years old, they were then more likely to have a stroke in the wake of that crash. Just because it did not happen right away does not mean the stroke wasn't essentially caused by the crash.
After your spouse passes away, financial compensation cannot bring them back. However, it is important to know what rights you have to seek compensation for funeral costs, lost wages and more.