Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys Fight Passionately for Your Family
Providing sensitive and effective counsel to survivors for more than 10 years
Have you lost your loved one in a car, truck or motorcycle crash or other type of accident? If so, the pain you are experiencing may seem unbearable. If a negligent person or party is responsible, you have the right to file a lawsuit. Filing a claim can provide your family with much needed compensation. From our offices in Tysons Corners, we at The Leiser Law Firm take great pride in helping wrongful death survivors in Virginia seek justice. Sympathetic and skilled, our lawyers consider every option and fight relentlessly for you and your family.
What elements have to be proven in a wrongful death claim?
If someone you love is killed in an auto accident or medical malpractice incident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can assess your case and determine the best course of action for you. In addition, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can explain how to prove the following elements:
- The death of your loved one was partially or wholly caused by the defendant.
- Your loved one’s death occurred because the defendant was negligent or strictly liable.
- The death of your loved one affected the surviving spouse, child or other dependents who would be beneficiaries from a wrongful death settlement or jury verdict.
- You and your family have suffered a compensable loss.
In the event that your loved one passes away because of a work accident, depending on the circumstances of the incident and the type of job, you may be able to receive benefits through workers’ compensation. You may also be able to file a third-party claim. For example, if your loved one worked in construction and was killed by a defective piece of machinery, you may be able to file a separate claim against the machine/equipment manufacturer.
What kind of compensation can be recovered in a wrongful death claim?
Taking legal action may not be your primary concern if you have just lost your loved one. However, a successful wrongful death claim can compensate your family as follows:
- For mental anguish
- For loss of income
- For loss of services, care, protection and assistance
- Medical care and funeral expenses
Punitive damages may also be available if the action that harmed your loved one is deemed willful or wanton conduct. This penalty is sometimes awarded by the court to punish a person or entity and to prevent similar behavior in the future.
Statute of limitations for wrongful death in Virginia
If your loved one passes away in a truck, car, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or other type of accident, working with an attorney immediately is important, because time may be running out to file a wrongful death claim. In Virginia, you only have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to take legal action. If this time period passes, you may be unable to obtain compensation.
Let an experienced Virginia legal team help your family obtain rightful compensation
At The Leiser Law Firm our lawyers provide compassionate and professional legal service. If your loved one has passed away because of the wrongful action or inaction of another, we want to fight for you. To find out if you qualify for a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys, call 703-734-5000 or contact us online.