Wrongful Death Attorney In Virginia Beach

We Represent Families Who Have Had a Loved One Taken by The Negligence Of Another

Any time that the life of a loved one has been suddenly taken due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it leaves the surviving family not only emotionally and mentally exhausted, it also leaves them with an overwhelming amount of unexpected financial expenses.  At Virginia Beach Injury Law, we know that nothing can take away the mental and emotional pain families endure after the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident. The main goal of our dedicated legal team is to protect your rights and best interests following a wrongful death by ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve so you can move forward in the best position possible.
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What Is A Wrongful Death Claim And What Is Considered A Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim.  In fact, they are both based on the fact that the injury or loss was caused by another party or parties’ careless, reckless, negligent, or deliberate actions. Wrongful death claims involve all types of fatal accidents from car accidents to commercial vehicle crashes, drowning, and boating accident cases. People, businesses, and governmental agencies can be legally at fault for acting negligently (failing to act as a reasonable person would have acted) and for acting intentionally. If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death in Virginia Beach, contact our knowledgeable team of wrongful death attorneys at Virginia Beach Injury Law. We are happy to answer any questions you have about your situation and will help you determine if you have a wrongful death case.

Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim in Virginia?

In the state of Virginia, a wrongful death claim must be brought by a personal representative of a victim’s surviving family members and estate. If the victim left no surviving family members, then the right to bring a wrongful death claim would belong to whoever would inherit the victim’s estate under Virginia’s intestacy laws. Those who are entitled to recover compensation from a loved one’s wrongful death are known as statutory beneficiaries. These beneficiaries may include:
  • Typically, if the decedent was married, a surviving spouse brings the lawsuit.
  • If the decedent was an adult, some states also allow an adult child to bring the lawsuit.
  • If the decedent is a minor child, a parent usually brings the lawsuit.
  • Some states allow one member of a civil union or domestic partnership to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their partner.
  • If the decedent is a single adult, most states also allow more distant family members — such as grandparents, siblings, or aunts or uncles — to file the lawsuit
In Virginia, a surviving spouse and parents of the victim may file a claim together if there are no surviving children. However, parents whose rights have been terminated may not recover compensation in a wrongful death claim. If your loved one’s life has been wrongfully taken due to somebody else’s negligence in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton, Suffolk, or Chesapeake, don’t hesitate to call Virginia Beach Injury Law today for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Our team of wrongful death attorneys is here to help you get your wrongful death claim started, and will stand by your side to ensure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve.

Who Can Be Sued In A Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against a wide variety of persons, companies, government agencies, and employees. For example, in a car accident involving a faulty roadway and a drunk driver, a wrongful death action might include defendants such as:
  • the driver or employer at-fault in the automobile accident
  • the designer or builder of the faulty roadway
  • a government agent who failed to provide adequate warnings regarding a road hazard that caused the accident
  • the manufacturer, distributor, or installer of a faulty or dangerous part of the vehicle
  • the person or persons who sold, served, or gave alcohol to the impaired driver, or
  • the owner of the premises where the alcohol was served

What Damages Can You Recover From A Wrongful Death Claim?

It may be difficult to quantify the losses you experience after losing a loved one in a wrongful death situation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the medical bills and costs of services in addition to facing these challenges without your loved one. With the help of a wrongful death attorney in Virginia Beach, the financial burdens can be lifted and your family will be allowed to grieve in peace. Damages that surviving family members of a victim can recover can include:
  • Compensation- Loss of income, services, protection, care, and assistance from the deceased
  • Funeral and burial expenses- The average funeral can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $12,000. This includes service and burial fees, the casket, and all the preparations made for the services.
  • Mental anguish- Loss of companionship, comfort, guidance, society, kindly offices, and advice of the deceased
  • Expenses- Care, hospitalization, medical treatment for the injury that resulted in the death
  • Punitive damages- Includes willful or wanton conduct by the defendant, or recklessness with a conscious disregard for the safety of others
If you and your family are the survivors of a wrongful death victim, you have the right to demand compensation. Our committed team of wrongful death attorneys at Virginia Beach Injury Law understands the heartache of never being able to get a  loved one back, and we are here to protect your rights. We handle wrongful death claims in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton, Suffolk, and Chesapeake.  Contact us today for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation to discuss your case and get your wrongful death claim started as soon as possible.

Why Taking Early Action Is Important

In the state of Virginia, a wrongful death claim must be claimed by a victim’s family member or a personal representative of the estate within two years of the victim’s death. Collecting the necessary medical records and other evidence to prove that you have a viable case can take up to several months. Getting expert analysis and reports to support the cause of death and damages can take even longer. The sooner you get an attorney involved, the more likely your wrongful death claim will be promptly taken care of. Things a wrongful death attorney can get done for your case include:
  • Conducting a thorough investigation- We will gather the evidence we need to fight for you and your family.
  • Taking your case to court (if needed)- If we need to fight this further, we have the knowledge and experience to stand for your rights.
  • Consulting with highly qualified experts- We take our investigation to the next level by consulting with the best medical experts to confirm your loved one’s cause of death.
  • Making sure your claim is properly and timely filed- There is a time limit of up to 2 years after the victim’s death to file your claim in the state of Virginia.
  • Seeking a full and fair settlement- We will stand firmly by your side to ensure that you get the maximum compensation possible for your losses.
  • Ensuring your verdict and settlement are collected and distributed as efficiently as possible- Our experienced team of wrongful death attorneys works hard to protect your rights and best interest.
Wrongful death claims are often included as a part of a claim for injuries stemming from a car crash, tractor-trailer crash, or medical malpractice. An experienced attorney can help to ensure that the value of a wrongful death claim is accurately estimated and that full compensation is negotiated from the insurance company. In the event your claim goes to trial, an attorney is essential for the careful collection and preparation of documents and other evidence to support the successful outcome of your case.

Talking With A Wrongful Death Attorney In Virginia Beach

The sudden and untimely loss of a loved one due to somebody else’s negligence is an extremely hard time for the victim’s family members. You don’t have to shoulder the financial burden of losing a loved one alone. At Virginia Beach Injury Law, we believe that all those whose careless and negligible actions took someone’s life must be fully held accountable for their actions. If you feel that your family member’s death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of someone else, contact a dedicated wrongful death attorney at Virginia Beach Injury Law at (757)-802-4662 to explore your legal rights as a victim and start your drowning accident claim today.

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