There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one unexpectedly. Unfortunately, many fatal accidents could have—and should have—been prevented. When someone’s careless or reckless actions cause the death of another person, they can be held liable for their negligence.
At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we understand just how painful it can be to know that your loved one’s death was the result of a senseless act. Our Virginia Beach wrongful death attorneys are committed to securing the justice and recovery you and your family deserve. We do everything in our power to hold the negligent parties accountable so that you can begin the process of moving forward with your life. We offer compassionate, personalized legal services and are prepared to serve as your tireless advocate throughout the legal process. Our team can handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
To learn more, contact us online or by phone at (757) 330-4099 and request a free consultation today.
What Is “Wrongful Death?”
In a legal sense, a “wrongful death” is any death that occurs as a direct or indirect result of negligence or a wrongful action. There are countless ways in which a wrongful death may occur.
Some examples of accidents that often lead to wrongful deaths include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Accidents caused by defective products
- Maritime accidents
- Instances of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence
- Slip and fall, negligent security, and other premises liability accidents
For example, if a motorist is texting and driving and he or she hits another vehicle, resulting in a fatal accident, the distracted motorist may be held liable for the wrongful death of the other person or people involved in the accident. If a defective medical device causes hemorrhaging, leading to death, the designer, manufacturer, and/or distributor of the medical device may be responsible.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Virginia?
In Virginia, certain surviving family members are allowed to bring a wrongful death claim. These individuals are referred to as “statutory beneficiaries,” which includes dependents of the deceased.
You may file a wrongful death claim in Virginia if you are:
- The spouse of the deceased
- The child or grandchild of the deceased
- A parent or sibling of the deceased
- A surviving relative who shared the deceased’s household and was a dependent of the deceased
- A surviving heir or beneficiary of the deceased’s estate
The statute of limitations or time you have to file a wrongful death claim in Virginia is two years from the date of death. Depending on the circumstances involved in your case, you may be able to recover compensation for various damages, including medical expenses prior to death, funeral costs, loss of income/projected income, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and more. You may also be able to pursue punitive damages if the negligence that caused your loved one’s death was particularly egregious in nature.
Contact Our Firm for a Free Consultation
At Breit Drescher Imprevento, we understand that no amount of financial compensation can undo the anguish of losing a loved one. Taking legal action can, however, help you secure the recovery you need to ease associated financial burdens and focus on healing.
Our Virginia Beach wrongful death attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process. We will do everything we can to ease your stress during this difficult time. Our team is committed to fighting for justice and a fair recovery on behalf of you and your family.
We serve clients throughout the Greater Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area. Please call (757) 330-4099 or fill out and submit an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.