Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult enough, but when the death was caused by the negligence of another, the distress can be deepened. Your pain becomes more complex as you believe that a “wrong” has occurred. You already have many decisions to make and when it comes to a possible lawsuit, you are not sure what your options are or where to begin. In our experience as Virginia wrongful death lawyers, many of our potential clients have difficulty in bringing a wrongful death claim, because of the emotion involved. That is why we try to make the process understandable and our goals and efforts very clear at the beginning, to explain the benefits that are being sought.
What is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death lawsuit declared that the person was killed due to the negligence, misdeeds or other liability of others, whether an individual, corporation or entity. Wrongful death laws are designed to compensate the surviving dependents or beneficiaries, who are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the defendant’s conduct.
Causes of Wrongful Death…
Wrongful death claims can arise from many different causes, including auto accidents, medical malpractice and dangerous products. Some examples are:
- Doctor Negligence
- Medical Malpractice
- Reckless Behavior
- Reckless Driving
- Product Malfunction
- Unsafe Premises
Possible wrongful death settlements that can be awarded
We all know that money cannot ease the emotional pain of losing a loved one, but it can reduce the financial burdens that accompany the loss.
Wrongful death claims seek compensation for families of the deceased to cover the following:
- Medical Bills
- Funeral Expenses – immediate expenses associated with the death
- Loss of Income and loss of future income earnings
- Lost benefits- including Social Security, life insurance & retirement plans
- Pain & Suffering- including loss of support or companionship
- Property damage, if applicable
- Punitive Damages
When do you need to take action?
Wrongful death lawsuits are subject to the statute of limitations, which requires a lawsuit to be filed or the claim resolved within a specific time, or the claim will be forever barred.
What should you do now?
If you or a loved one has lost a family member due to the neglect of another, then you may have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This area of the law is very complex and you don’t want to do anything that may weaken your case. Don’t enter into any agreements until you’ve consulted with an experienced wrongful death attorney. Put The Joel Bieber Firm to work for you. Let us begin our investigation to collect important evidence to establish all the at fault parties. This may include a driver, a road design, a manufacturer or some other cause. We will also discuss the relationship of family, dependents, members of an extended family and whether a “guardian” is necessary.
Contact the Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers at The Joel Bieber Firm to discuss the possible claim at 1-800-451-6393.