The Virginia wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have obtained outstanding results representing families who have suffered the loss of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligence. In Virginia, a special law called the “Virginia Wrongful Death Act” provides a framework to provide certain enumerated family members for the losses they have suffered from these deaths. The Virginia wrongful death lawyers at our firm have helped families obtain compensation for losses; including sorrow, loss of services, protection and care, fuel expenses, and punitive (or punishment) damages where death results from the willful or wanton conduct or recklessness of the defendant.
Experience with Virginia’s Wrongful Death Act
Virginia has a strict legal system and requirements for bringing wrongful death cases. These cases must be brought by a properly qualified personal representative of the estate. Inexperienced lawyers, who fail to understand these requirements, can permanently destroy your rights. Virginia also strictly construes the individuals who can recover for a wrongful death, otherwise known as the “statutory beneficiaries.” Inexperienced lawyers, who do not understand wrongful death law and procedures, frequently fail to gather all recoverable evidence of damage. Or worse, they fail to compensate the true beneficiary under Virginia law. The Virginia wrongful death lawyers at our firm combine experience with hard investigative research to ensure the maximum possible recovery for all beneficiaries.
Specialized Legal Investigation for Wrongful Death
The wrongful death lawyers at our firm conduct immediate investigations of the cause of wrongful death. Understanding the special legal and practical causes of wrongful deaths enables our lawyers to preserve the key witnesses and evidence regardless of the cause of death, including:
- car accidents
- truck accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- Maritime and shipping accidents
- defective products including defective medical products and drugs
- dangerous conditions in buildings and roadways
- gross negligence of doctors and hospitals
Find the Best Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Immediate investigation often makes the difference between winning and losing a wrongful death case. The Virginia wrongful death lawyers at our firm are sensitive to the needs of families in their time of great loss. We are also sensitive to the need to conduct a prompt investigation, which is necessary to prevail in the case against the person responsible for their loved one. Our attorneys and staff immediately notify the insurance companies involved to protect you from abusive insurance company tactics. A delay in an investigation can destroy your case because evidence is often lost and key witnesses can become very difficult to locate over time.
Watch Out for Hidden 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. Contact the wrongful death lawyers at our firm for a free, no obligation consultation. We will start working on your case immediately.
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