Could Young Associate's Death Have Been From Overworking at Firm?

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on March 09, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Thirty-five year old associate Adam L. Maynard specialized in labor and employment law at his firm, Dinsmore & Shohl. Maynard passed away in his home in West Virginia last month, leaving behind his three-year old son and wife.

His tragic death has sparked some speculation. Some wondered whether or not overworking played a role. Above the Law received tips from Maynard's friends and anonymous individuals familiar with the firm.

It seemed that before his death, Maynard had been working long hours.

He was billing around 20 hours a day. It appeared he hoped to make partner at the firm.

Again, there's no solid proof to this theory. The details surrounding his passing have remained vague. His obituary states he passed away from natural causes.

But let's not forget that associates everywhere should take some time of their day to relax and rest. Working too hard can net you that promotion. But if getting that bump in salary and nabbing that corner office takes a toll on your health, it may not be worth it.

Fatigue, ignoring illnesses, and disregarding your body's cries for help can turn deadly. A large amount of stress mean you are at an increased risk of developing health issues. These issues can be serious such as depression, heart disease, insomnia, or digestive issues.

So if you are feeling too overworked, you may want to try to relax a bit. As difficult as it is, taking a few moments out of your day to unwind can be helpful. Meditate briefly, go for a quick jog, or spend time to talk to your friends. Let's be sure to keep things in perspective people.

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