While death is an inevitable part of life, the unexpected death of a loved one because of another’s negligence often exacerbates the trauma one experiences. Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one under these circumstances should consult with a Virginia wrongful death attorney.
Wrongful death claims refer to lawsuits filed by the family members of someone who suffered fatal injuries because of another’s negligence or reckless conduct. These claims are similar to other personal injury lawsuits, except for the parties and damage calculations. Under the state’s Wrongful Death Statute, a personal representative of the deceased’s estate or the party appointed by will or the state may bring a lawsuit. The law entitled the spouse or children of the victim to collect damages. However, certain other dependent family members may be permitted to collect damages. Generally, these parties include parents, siblings, and other close family members.
Wrongful death cases typically stem from motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and products liability cases. For instance, news sources recently reported that a 20-year-old man suffered fatal injuries in a Virginia accident. A pickup truck driver veered into the centerline of a bridge and slammed into the man. The man’s vehicle flipped over before finally coming to a rest on its wheel. Tragically, the 20-year-old died, and his passenger and the pickup truck driver suffered severe injuries.
Damages in wrongful death cases often involve the expertise of an economist or another expert that can testify to appropriate compensation. The expert will generally look at a person’s lifetime income, profession, age, and education. In addition, courts will look to the contribution the deceased made to the household and family. These cases are very complex, and successful recovery hinges primarily on presenting a factually sound and legally compelling case to a judge or jury. Plaintiffs must abide by strict procedural and substantive laws to ensure that the court does not dismiss their case or find it in the other party’s favor. An attorney can acquire the appropriate witnesses and prepare a case to ensure that the estate recovers the damages the law entitles them. Although there are various ways to settle or resolve a claim, an attorney is a critical asset in ensuring that the lawsuits are handled expeditiously and appropriately.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Virginia Accident
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a Virginia car accident, contact the Schupak Law Firm. The attorneys at our office have the experience and dedication to get Virginia accident victims the result they deserve. Our firm handles Virginia claims involving medical malpractice, nursing home and elder abuse, car accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, and wrongful death. By providing clients with compassion and diligent representation, we have recovered significant amounts of compensation on their behalf. Personal injury and wrongful death cases are rarely as straightforward as they seem; our attorneys understand this complex area of the law and consistently provide clients with excellent representation. Contact our office at 240-833-3914 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.