Since you’re reading this, you are likely investigating what your rights may be after the sudden loss of a dear family member. We know that any death in your family is tragic and can result in grief and hardship, but the loss of a loved one can be particularly devastating if they died suddenly and unexpectedly in an accident or incident that could have been prevented.
After such a loss, you are likely left feeling helpless, angry, and wanting justice. You may also be stressed from the costs of the death as well as the loss of their household contributions. You are likely wondering what legal rights you may have.
At the law office of Leavitt & Martin, we help families who have experienced a loss due to wrongful acts and preventable accidents. We fully understand how Virginia law applies to each situation and will fight to uphold your rights.
Wrongful Death Law in Virginia
Virginia law recognizes the tragedy in your situation and allows family members who would be beneficiaries of the deceased person’s estate to seek compensation for their losses under certain circumstances. First, someone must have been at fault in the accident. Fault can involve negligent acts that led to the accident or intentionally wrongful acts. In order to seek compensation, however, you must demonstrate some type of fault on the part of another person or party.
Proving fault can require investigation to identify the cause of the fatal accident and to gather evidence to support your claims. Such a task may feel impossible to you, but that is why we are here to help. Our firm has the resources and knowledge to investigate your case and present any evidence possible that someone else was responsible for your loved one’s death.
Once you are able to sufficiently prove fault, you must then demonstrate the losses you and your family suffered due to the untimely death. In cases under Virginia law, such losses often include:
- Costs of medical care required for the injuries that led to their death
- Reasonable expenses for their burial and funeral
- The loss of the income they would have earned and contributed to your family
- Loss of the household assistance, care, and services they would have provided
- Loss of comfort, companionship, advice, and guidance of your loved one
- Mental anguish and sorrow
- Punitive damages if the act that caused their death was willful and wanton, which includes conduct that was intentional or indifferent to the risk of harm.
The value of wrongful death cases can vary significantly from case to case. The best way to know the value of your damages is to consult with an attorney who is familiar with calculating these types of losses.
Examples of Wrongful Death
While wrongful death can happen in many, many different ways, these are some examples of common incidents that may be deemed a wrongful death:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Accidents due to dangerous products
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Acts of violence
If your loved one’s cause of death is not on this list, it does not mean that their death was not wrongful. You should never hesitate to call to discuss the details of your particular situation with a dedicated lawyer.
Call Our Richmond Wrongful Death Attorneys for the Help You Need
After your tragic loss, knowing whether you are entitled to any compensation under the law can be confusing. The laws are complicated and determining fault in some accidents can be challenging. For these reasons and more, you need a law firm on your side that has experience helping families like yours with wrongful death claims.
When you call Leavitt & Martin, PLLC for your free consultation, we will listen to your side of the story and will thoroughly investigate whether you may have a case. If we determine negligence played a role in the death of your loved one, we will stand with you every step of the way until your family receives the compensation they deserve for your tragic loss.
Our office serves many different locations throughout Virginia, including Richmond, Hopewell, Greensville County, Dinwiddie County, Petersburg, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Prince George County, Sussex County, New Kent County, Mecklenburg County, Brunswick County, and Henrico County. Please do not hesitate to call our dedicated team at 804-873-4004 today for help.