Our Virginia Beach Wrongful Death Attorneys Are Here to Help You
The loss of a loved one due to the recklessness of another person is a devastating event for a family to endure. If you have recently lost a family member due to the negligence of someone else, hiring a personal injury lawyer is probably the last thought on your mind. You are grieving the tragic loss of a loved one while dealing with financial losses from the sudden death; however, it’s crucial that you think about the future.
At Parks Zeigler, we understand how painful and infuriating it must be to learn that your family member’s life ended because of a reckless act. Our dedicated wrongful death lawyers are committed to helping you through this difficult time—handling the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing with your family and moving forward. We will handle your case with compassion and respect as we fight for justice for your family. We understand that no amount of money can replace what you’ve lost; however, through our legal assistance, we can offer your family a chance at peace of mind and financial security.
What is wrongful death?
Legally, wrongful death is a death that occurs directly or indirectly because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness.
There are many ways wrongful death cases can occur. They can include (but are not limited to):
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Birth injuries
There are hundreds of ways wrongful death cases can occur. It’s important that you have seasoned legal counsel on your side as you make your case against the negligent person who impacted your family forever. Whether you need a lawyer for a sexual assault case or a lawyer who is experienced in motorcycle accidents, the qualified personal injury team at Parks Zeigler is here to offer you the legal assistance you need to get through this tragic time.
Who can file a claim for wrongful death in Virginia?
In order to file a wrongful death claim in Virginia, you must be able to prove that the death of your loved one was caused by the intentional, wrongful, or reckless acts of another person or company. In Virginia, only certain family members can recover in wrongful death claims. These family members, or dependents of the deceased, are referred to in Virginia law as “statutory beneficiaries.”
In Virginia, you can file a wrongful death claim if you are:
- An heir of the deceased’s estate
- A child or grandchild of the deceased
- A relative who was dependent on the deceased and shared the deceased’s household
- A spouse of the deceased
- A sibling or parents who were dependent on the deceased
Additionally, statutes of limitation apply to wrongful death cases. The statute of limitations varies between states, but in Virginia, the limit to file a wrongful death claim is two years. If you believe you are able to file a wrongful death claim and have a case, contact the experienced wrongful death lawyers at Parks Zeigler for quality, passionate legal assistance.
Compensation for wrongful death cases in Virginia
Virginia Code section 8.01-52 explains the different categories of compensation that could be awarded to surviving family members in a wrongful death claim, which may include:
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral expenses (at reason)
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of assistance and income of the deceased
- Medical expenses
Contact Our Experienced Virginia Beach, Chesapeake & Norfolk Wrongful Death Lawyers Today for a Free Case Consultation
If you've lost a loved one due to the recklessness of someone else, make sure you hire our personal injury attorney to help you recover damages! You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering if you’ve lost a family member or loved one because of someone else's negligence. Call us at 888-691-9319 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys or fill out a quick form to get more information on how we can help you today!