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Wrongful Death Attorney in Roanoke, VA

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 another’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 a compassionate Roanoke wrongful death attorney at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC.

Our wrongful death lawyers have almost 100 years of combined experience representing families of victims who have died in a fatal car accident, other 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 wrongful death attorneys in Roanoke, VA 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.

Let Us Help With Your Wrongful Death Claim in Roanoke

The horrors of a catastrophic car accident or motorcycle accident can haunt victims for a lifetime. For those who lose their lives, though, it’s their surviving family who are tortured by the long-lasting grief and painful memories of a loved one’s life cut short. Wrongful deaths occur often due to car accidents. If someone else’s careless or negligent behavior caused you to lose a family member in a car accident, you can trust the compassionate wrongful death lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC to fight for justice for you and your family.

We know that there is no amount of money that could undo the damage that this accident has inflicted on your family. But cases of wrongful death in Virginia often leave families in tremendous financial ruin, caused by medical expenses, funeral bills, and the lost wages of a loved one’s career. Our dedicated wrongful death lawyers have almost a century of combined experience working with families who have lost loved ones in catastrophic car accidents. Time and again, we have successfully battled insurance companies and other responsible parties in court and in successful negotiation to win full and fair compensation for families left devastated by the loss of their loved one.

Families are often most vulnerable to insurance company settlement pressures following a wrongful death. Settling early at the encouragement of the at-fault driver’s insurance company is fraught with danger. If you have lost a family member or loved one in a fatal car accident and are being pressured by an insurance company to take a wrongful death settlement offer for your Roanoke, VA wrongful death claim, contact the seasoned attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC to make sure that you and your family are receiving the full and fair recovery provided by law. Settlement may be appropriate, as may be the filing of a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit, to educate the company at issue that it must deal with you fairly and that it may not take advantage of you during this vulnerable time.

Schedule a free consultation now to discuss how we can help your family pursue the justice and financial compensation you deserve from your wrongful death claim.

Why Your Family Needs a Wrongful Death Attorney After a Fatal Car Accident

In Virginia, the laws governing who can recover damages after a car accident are very strict. As one of very few remaining “contributory negligence” states, Virginia law provides that if your loved one contributed to the occurrence of the wreck or to his own injuries, that your family be barred from any financial recovery in a wrongful death law suit.

A ruthless insurance company may try to use this law to wiggle out of properly compensating the families of victims. That is why it is extremely important to have an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side to aggressively argue on behalf of your loved one in a wrongful death claim.

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, our wrongful death lawyers in Roanoke, VA have the experience and the resources needed to take your fight for justice to court.Justice scale and gavel inside a Roanoke courtroom during a wrongful death trial.

  • We will put every available resource into your case. Our dedicated trial lawyers will track down the key evidence, interview all eyewitnesses, and call on our vast network of experts to evaluate and when appropriate to testify in your case.
  • We will thoroughly prepare for a trial, not a settlement. We firmly believe that maximum compensation in wrongful death cases comes from extensive trial preparation. In some cases, all of our preparation forces the other side to offer a full and fair settlement in the months, days, or even hours before we go to court, but we always operate and prepare from the commitment that we will take your case to a judge and jury.
  • We will stand strong and shield your family when you’re at your most vulnerable. Our attorneys respect first that you and your family are dealing with an indescribable loss. We will shield you and not allow an insurance company, or anyone on the other side, to harass you during this most difficult time.

Who Can Recover Compensation After a Fatal Car Accident in Virginia?

If you have lost a family member in a fatal car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim in the Virginia court system to seek wrongful death damages.

Virginia law outlines who can file a wrongful death claim and how damages can be divided:

  • First, the person’s spouse, sons and daughters, and under certain circumstances grandchildren and other relatives, are entitled to file a claim.
  • If the person was not married and did not have children, then a claim could be sought by the parents, siblings, or another relative who was dependent upon and living with the person.
  • If the person had no children or grandchildren, both a spouse and parents would be able to seek damages.
  • If the person did not have any immediate family, Virginia state law would dictate the next family member who would be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

What Types of Compensation May a Family Recover?

When a family loses a loved one in a catastrophic car accident, there is a void in their lives that can never be filled. Unfortunately, that loss also comes with financial pressures as family members scramble to make funeral arrangements and sort through often tremendous medical bills and lost wages.

In a Virginia wrongful death claim, our attorneys can argue for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Payment of medical bills
  • Lost wages and benefits that your loved one would have earned or received over his or her lifetime
  • Compensation for your family’s sorrow, loss of companionship, mental anguish, and solace
  • Damages to property such as the vehicle involved in the crash
  • Punitive damages, when applicable, to punish the at-fault party for reckless disregard of your loved one’s life.

When you schedule a free consultation with our compassionate Virginia fatal car accident lawyers, we will go over all your legal options and discuss a plan to pursue the full and fair compensation the law provides for your loss. You should also know that we will not charge you anything upfront to take your case. Instead, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no legal fee unless and until your family recovers compensation.

How Long Does a Family Have to File a Virginia Wrongful Death Claim?

A man calls a wrongful death attorney after losing his loved one.In Virginia, a family generally has two years from the date of their loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. Although that may seem like a long time, the sooner you contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer, the better. This is particularly important in Virginia because the time limit that controls a specific case can be very different depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, if a government vehicle is involved, there may be notice requirements which if not given, will legally bar the case from being brought. Here are other circumstances, for example including cases involving children, which create very different time frames required for filing.

Another reason for quickly contacting an experienced wrongful death lawyer is because as time passes, evidence from the car accident can be swept away and witnesses’ memories can fade. A skilled trial lawyer will need to get to work on your case as soon as possible to thoroughly prepare your car accident wrongful death claim for court.

We will not rush you into doing something you are not emotionally ready for, but we do believe strongly that you and your family deserve justice. Contact our compassionate Roanoke Wrongful Death Lawyers whenever you are ready to take the next step. Let us shoulder the legal burden of protecting your family while you focus on the grieving process.

Schedule a Consultation with a Roanoke Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

We won’t pretend to know what you and your family are going through. But we can offer a compassionate ear and a team of sharp legal minds and committed and talented staff to guide your family through the legal steps necessary to protect you and your loved ones.

When you are ready, call us. With compassion and with an experienced eye for the law that will govern your case, the wrongful death attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, will act with the goal of full financial recovery that can protect you and your family, and help you navigate your future.

Call or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation with our expert Virginia personal injury lawyers.

When you are ready, our sympathetic Roanoke 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 Suit 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 Wrongful Death Settlement Offers

As despicable as it sounds, insurance companies will swoop in on grieving families to try to push a wrongful death 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.

The Roanoke wrongful death lawyers 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 Roanoke 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.

What Types of Fatal Accidents 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 Roanoke 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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