Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys
The death of a family member can be devastating. Your life can be turned upside down in an instant as you are left trying to cope with the grief and sorrow after losing a loved one.
At times, it can feel as though you have more questions than answers. How will I pay my loved one’s medical bills? How will I support my family? How can I afford funeral expenses? What about grief after losing a loved one? Do I need a lawyer to help me?
At Allen & Allen, we understand that your life has been shattered and changed forever. We have made it our mission to help you put the pieces of your life back together.
What is a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.”
An action for wrongful death is separate from criminal charges. A civil claim or action can be made against someone who either intentionally or negligently causes an injury resulting in death. There don’t need to be criminal charges in order to have a wrongful death claim, and vice versa.
Know Your Rights
The Virginia Wrongful Death Act allows the deceased’s personal representative to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s family members. Damages may include reimbursement or compensation for:
- Expected loss of future income.
- Loss of services, protection, care, and assistance provided by the decedent.
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of the negligence.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Grief, sorrow, mental anguish, and solace.
- Punitive damages in the event of willful or wanton conduct.
Although damages in a wrongful death case cannot bring your loved one back, a successful wrongful death claim can provide your family with some security as you face an uncertain future.
The Help of an Attorney is Essential
Wrongful death claims are often included as a part of a claim for injuries stemming from car crash, tractor trailer crash, or medical malpractice. An experienced attorney can help to ensure that the value of a wrongful death claim is accurately estimated and that full compensation is negotiated from the insurance company. In the event your claim goes to trial, an attorney is essential for the careful collection and preparation of documents and other evidence to support the successful outcome of your case.
Why Early Action is Important
Under Virginia law, surviving family members have only two years from the date of a loved one’s death to file a wrongful death suit. It can take months to collect the medical records and other evidence necessary to determine if you have a viable case. It can take several more months to get expert analysis and reports to support the cause of death and damages suffered. The earlier you get an attorney involved, the more likely we are to find and preserve evidence and consult with experts so we can maximize recovery for you.
Start Rebuilding Your Life
Allen & Allen is a family firm built on compassionate service. We are committed to protecting our clients as they grieve and will fight for their fair treatment and compensation. You can discuss your unique situation at no cost by calling [phone number] today.
You don’t have to shoulder the financial burden of an injury or the death of a loved. Let us help you collect the compensation you deserve by holding the person who caused your suffering accountable. At Allen & Allen, our team of experienced lawyers and in-house investigators use their skills to collect evidence and build a solid case on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.
If you or a family member has been injured, don’t wait to contact a lawyer. Start rebuilding your life.