Is it possible to use the idiom it never rains but it pours in the context of the following sentence. Or is there any idiom better suited for this sentence.

not only had the accident cost his son's life, but his counsel fails to conduct his case properly in court. He ends up receiving no remedy. It never rains but it pours.

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    The rest of the quote has several problems, but the use of the idiom fits in this context, except it never rains.
    – TypeIA
    Dec 11, 2020 at 12:57
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    The idiom is 'It never rains but it pours'. Dec 11, 2020 at 12:59
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    Maybe just me, but it sounds quite informal to use for such a serious set of circumstances. Dec 11, 2020 at 18:00

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I'm not so sure that it is the right idiom for this situation. "It never rains but it pours" is used to imply that a number of bad (or sometimes good) things happen one after the other in fairly quick succession. A similar British English expression is "it's one thing after another". I would imagine that some time would pass between a fatal accident and the subsequent court case - there would have been an inquiry into it for a start. Is that really a quick succession of bad events?

I would think a better idiom would be "to add insult to injury", which means to make a bad situation worse. For example:

Not only had the accident cost his son's life, but, to add insult to injury, his counsel failed to conduct his case properly in court.

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