What Is Wrongful Death?
When an individual’s negligent actions result in a death, the at-fault person needs to be held accountable. At Tucker Griffin Barnes, our Staunton wrongful death lawyers fight tirelessly to obtain justice and fair recoveries on behalf of the surviving loved ones of those wrongfully killed. Since 1990, we have represented grieving families with compassionate, caring service, while aggressively fighting for justice and compensation on their behalf.
What Are Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
The most common causes of wrongful death are:
- Car Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Truck Accidents
- Catastrophic Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Accidents at Work
- Defective Products
- Pedestrian Accidents
Filing a Wrongful Death or Survivor's Lawsuit in Virginia
The administrator of the state of the victim may file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party, who may be ordered to pay damages to the estate of the deceased, and/or surviving family members.
Damages in wrongful death cases can range from costs for medical care required prior to your loved one’s death to compensation for loss of expected income and other economic and non-economic damages.
What Compensation Is Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
Our Staunton wrongful death attorneys can explain the law as it pertains to your situation, as well as the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
We help grieving families recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages and future income
- Loss of expected inheritance
- Emotional distress
- Loss of support
- Loss of companionship/love
In Virginia, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If there is no will, an administrator may be named by filing an application with the Clerk of Circuit Court in the city or the county where the deceased person lived.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death in Virginia?
Although grief has no end date, there is a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. The statute of limitations in Virginia is generally two years from the date of death, so don’t wait to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers about your situation.
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The spouses, children, and other family members left behind must grieve their loss while simultaneously worrying about the future, especially when the deceased supported the family financially.
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