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Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers Based in Roanoke

When you hear people talk about the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – it sounds so much simpler than it is. Especially when you have lost a loved one unexpectedly due to someone else’s careless or negligent behavior, grief can come in a complex wave of emotions. If you are coping with an unexpected loss and need guidance on your legal rights, contact the compassionate wrongful death attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC.

Our attorneys have almost 100 years of combined experience representing families of victims who have died in catastrophic accidents or to medical negligence. We recognize that no amount of money will replace your loved one, and unfortunately, we often see cases where an insurance company is pressuring the family to take a low settlement offer when they are at their most vulnerable. Our seasoned attorneys are dedicated to shielding your family during this emotional time and making sure you understand your right to seek full and fair compensation in a court of law for the wrongful death of your loved one.

 

When you are ready, our sympathetic Virginia wrongful death attorneys will meet with you to discuss the circumstances of your case and explain your legal options at no charge. Contact us now to get started seeking justice for your loved one.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Virginia?

The wrongful death of a loved one can cause pain and grief that ripple through a close circle of family and friends. However, Virginia law dictates who is entitled to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one and how damages can be distributed. Scenarios are different depending on each family:

  • First, the spouse, children, and – in cases where your loved one’s child preceded him or her in death – grandchildren are entitled to pursue compensation.
  • If there is no spouse or children, a wrongful death claim could be filed by the parents, siblings, and any other relative who was primarily dependent on the lost loved one and was living with the person.
  • If your loved one had no children or grandchildren, a surviving spouse and surviving parents would both be entitled to seek damages.
  • If your loved one had no immediate family members, Virginia law outlines the line of kin who could file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one.

Beware of Quick Settlement Offers

As despicable as it sounds, insurance companies will swoop in on grieving families to try to push a settlement offer that “compensates” them for their loss. It is difficult to make sound financial decisions at such an emotional time.

If you are approached by an insurance company during your time of grief, try to keep in mind:

  • The medical expenses and funeral expenses you are facing now are likely not the only damages you are entitled to.
  • Families are also deprived of the wages and benefits their loved one would have earned over the course of his or her lifetime.
  • Although it seems hard to put a price on emotions, you can be compensated for your sorrow, mental anguish, and solace after the wrongful death of a loved one.
  • If your loved one’s death was a result of willful conduct or a reckless disregard for life, you also may be able to pursue punitive damages meant to punish the at-fault party.
  • Do not sign anything or accept any offer without talking to an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer.

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we will explain your legal rights and help you pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law. We will protect you from the seemingly heartless negotiations with insurance companies and take the burden off you by handling all the details of preparing your case for trial.

We can help when so much is at stake.

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Time Limits to File a Virginia Wrongful Death Claim

Time Limits to File a Virginia Wrongful Death Claim

We understand the shock of losing a loved one unexpectedly and the numbness that follows as you go through the motions of preparing for a funeral and burial. We want to respect your family and your personal grieving process.

However, you do need to know that under Virginia law, you have just two years to file a wrongful death claim. That may seem like a long time at first, but an experienced lawyer will need time to gather evidence and thoroughly investigate a wrongful death accident in order to bring a successful claim in court.

Take the time you need to gather your thoughts, but contact one of our compassionate Virginia wrongful death lawyers as soon as you feel up to it so we can start working on your claim. Let us shoulder the legal burden while you focus on putting your life back together after a sudden loss.

Types of Fatal Accidents that Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims

In our years of experience dealing with catastrophic injury cases, we all too often have seen victims who did not survive a horrific accident or who eventually lost the battle to their injuries. Wrongful death lawsuits can apply to many different types of fatal accidents, including:

  • Deadly automobile accidents: These may include car wrecks, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer crashes, or accidents involving pedestrians.
  • Dangerous or defective products: When a faulty product causes a loss of life, the companies that designed, manufactured, and sold that dangerous product may be held liable for the death of your loved one.
  • Negligent maintenance of property: A dangerously maintained premises, such as a facility that lacks proper security measures, can be the cause of a wrongful death.
  • Medical malpractice: A preventable negligent medical error by a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider may cause a patient’s death, and in turn lead to a wrongful death claim involving medical malpractice.
  • Violations of civil rights by government authorities: These tragic cases can be extremely complicated, and families absolutely need an experienced wrongful death trial lawyer on their side to pursue a claim against the government.

In most cases, it seems unjust to refer to these circumstances as “accidents” because, in reality, your loved one died due to the negligence of another. The outrage you feel at this loss is justified, and our attorneys will help you seek justice for your loved one.

Get Help from a Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you have lost a loved one and suspect his or her death could have been prevented, contact the Virginia wrongful death attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC now to discuss how we can help you. We will provide a free consultation and review your legal rights to seek compensation in a court of law.

Contact us now to start pursuing justice for your loved one.

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