Quote from Gauge
It's a sad thing that happened, but it's disgusting that her family did nothing to get her shelter or a home or anything, yet jump on the chance to collect a possible $45 million in damages when they probably haven't seen the woman in years.
We don't know how connected she was or wasn't to her family. Why assume the worst?
A lot of relatives of drug users have totally been through the mill with their abuser relative and have had, for their own survival, to wash their hands of their loved one. I have a friend who has had to do that with his brother. The brother has used drugs off and on for decades, has been in and out of prison, can't support his 5 children, has tried to kill himself, and has stolen from his brother when the brother put him and his large family up in the brother's home. Understandably, he had to put his brother out. My friend is a nurse, so you know he's living pretty much check to check. He has his own family to care for, his own loans to pay off, etc. He has helped his brother with attorney fees, he has helped care for his nieces and nephews as best he can, but there is a limit. There's an uncle in the picture and he is a lawyer so he has helped a good deal over the last 25 years. The abuser's mom has also helped but she doesn't make that much, she works 2 jobs to keep herself afloat and had to raise 2 younger children pretty much alone, so how much could she really do for the eldest son? His father is dead, was a drunk, left nothing but bills.
The point is, the family has tried to help their relative but there are limits. They have helped him get into rehab a couple of times, too, and have tried to help with his children while he was in prison 2 or 3 times.
If he were to die on an ER floor, alone, no family, someone might assume that his family were selfish, greedy, and otherwise evil. But as you can see from what I have told you, that would be incorrect. They have just reached the limit of their ability to help him. Please, people, let's not assume the worst. I know my friend's family grieves for him and prays for him and would help him if he showed some promise of improving and turning his life around. But they can't be expected to keep throwing away their time, their money, their hearts. It's about survival.
End of heartfelt response.