When you lose a loved one due to the negligent or wrongful acts of another, you have the right to take legal action. As you move forward following such a tragic loss, it will be important to work with a lawyer who will vigorously protect that right.
The wrongful death attorneys of Marks & Harrison have the skill and resources to help you through this difficult time. When you are ready to seek legal help, we can meet with you in a free and confidential consultation.
Our law firm has extensive experience with representing the families of wrongful or accidental death victims in Richmond and throughout Virginia. Our past wrongful death cases include:
The ability to hold a party legally responsible, or liable, for the wrongful death of a loved one, and the amount which can be sought in compensation, depend on the unique facts of each case. Please contact us today by phone or online to discuss the facts in your case and to learn more about how Marks & Harrison can assist you.
A wrongful death claim, like a personal injury claim, is based on the harm caused by the careless or reckless conduct of another. If the victim could have brought a personal injury claim if he or she had survived, then a “personal representative” of the victim’s surviving family members and estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death, in this sense, can arise in many different situations, including:
Marks & Harrison can work with our team of investigators and consult with highly qualified experts to investigate the loss of your loved one. Our goal will be to determine why the death occurred and who should be held responsible for your loss.
A wrongful death claim in Virginia must be brought in the name of a “personal representative” of the victim’s surviving family members and estate. Those who are entitled to recover damages are “statutory beneficiaries.” These beneficiaries may include the victim’s surviving:
If a victim left behind no surviving family members, then the right to bring a wrongful death claim would belong to whoever would be allowed to inherit the victim’s estate under Virginia’s intestacy laws.
Under Virginia law, eligible surviving family members may seek a recovery of “fair and just” damages that include:
In contrast to many other states, punitive damages may also be sought in a Virginia wrongful death claim. To recover these damages, it must be shown that the at-fault party engaged in “willful or wanton conduct” or conduct so reckless that it amounted to “a conscious disregard for the safety of others.”
At Marks & Harrison, we will carefully review all of the evidence in your case and work with medical and financial experts to calculate the proper amount of wrongful death damages that should be sought in your case.
It is important to know that a wrongful death claim generally must be filed in Virginia within two years after the victim’s death. However, in some cases, the time you have to bring a claim may be longer or shorter. Additionally, in medical malpractice cases, you must go through required steps before you can bring a lawsuit.
Due to these time limits and requirements, it is crucial to contact an attorney as soon as you are ready to take action. At Marks & Harrison, we can get to work on your case right away by:
Our law firm places our clients’ interests above all else. We vow to represent you and your family with honesty, fairness and ethics. We will use all of our strengths and resources to pursue a just result for you.
For more than a century, the attorneys of Marks & Harrison have protected the rights of families in Richmond and throughout Virginia who have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one. Contact us by phone or online to discuss how we can help you.
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