Possible correlation between divorce and accidental death

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When a marriage approaches a premature end, the time leading up to when the couple decides to end the marriage can be stressful, and stress can lead to a variety of medical conditions, from ulcers to heart attacks. But a recent study is providing information that seems to indicate that a person who has been through a divorce has a greater risk of falling victim of an accidental death.

The study, which followed 1.3 million Americans over the age of 18 who either survived or died in accidents 1996 to 2006, shows that a divorced person is twice as likely to die from a preventable cause, such as poisoning or fire than a married person. No explanation was given, but it could be the concept that two heads are better than one, so if two people are looking for hazards accidents could be more easily prevented than if just one person is looking out for themselves.

Interestingly enough, the same statistic holds true for single people. They are also twice as likely to die from a preventable cause than a married person. There was no different between married, divorced or single people who died from accidents out of their control, such as plane crashes.

Does this mean that two people should stay married even though they are miserable in order to prevent such accident from happening? No, but it does remind us that we need to be careful of the things we do and of the things around us.

In a divorce it is important to get back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. For anyone who is going through a divorce, speaking with a legal professional can help the person protect their rights to assets or secure alimony or child support so their new lives can begin on a positive note.

Source: My Fox Austin, “Divorce may raise risk of accidental death” No author given, Nov. 12, 2013

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