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 costs. 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 wages. 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
Time Deadlines for Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuits
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.
Contact Our Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys
The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC is here to help you and your family. Our firm has helped those injured in accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence for over 30 years. Contact us to setup a free consultation, to discuss your situation 877-544-5323