What compensation is available in a wrongful death case?
Q: What type of compensation can be claimed in a Virginia wrongful death case?
A: Depending on the specifics of the accident, certain family members may be entitled to one or more of the following types of damages:
- Medical Bills & Funeral Expenses: The medical procedures attempted to save your loved one need paid for – but the family of the victim should never be responsible for those bills. Our team can help recoup the costs of the critical and often expensive care given to the victim.
- Lost Financial Support: When the main financial support of the family has been killed, their survivors must deal with the financial ramifications of the loss on top of their grief. The loss of the victim’s future earning potential can be included in a wrongful death settlement.
- Punitive damages: Particularly negligent acts are sometimes punished for their actions through these kinds of damages. They can discourage the negligent party from ever acting so carelessly again.
- Wrongful death: On top of the funeral costs, medical bills and lost future earnings, the emotional blow of losing a loved one cannot be undervalued. Companionship and affection is irreplaceable. Compensating a family following the wrongful death of a family member is the fair thing to do.
Virginia Code § 8.01-52; Amount of damages
Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)
Under Virginia law, it is necessary to file a lawsuit within strict deadlines imposed by law. In many cases, Virginia provides for a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, special circumstances apply depending on the location of death, the occupation of the decedent, and the application of special state and federal laws. Once you have missed this deadline, you will no longer be able to file a claim.
Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney
As a Virginia personal injury attorney, Richard Serpe advocates for those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person, dangerous product, or company. A substantial portion of his 35-year legal career has been devoted to the representation and protection of injured children.
He’s earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working attorney with a tenacious approach to every case he takes on. Richard Serpe has a track record of success in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Awards and Recognition: Best Lawyers® : (2005 – Present), Super Lawyer : (2006 – Present), Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent Rating, and Avvo.com : Rated 10/10 – “Superb.”
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC is here to help you and your family. Virginia wrongful death attorney Richard Serpe to discuss your potential case.