Losing a loved one or family member due to someone else’s negligence is a devastating experience. Our experienced Vienna attorneys have dedicated their practice to making sure families who have lost a loved one are fully compensated. It is only right that the negligent party is held responsible for their actions. If you need legal assistance with filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia, contact the Strong Law Firm for a free consultation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Virginia?
The simple answer is that you do not need to be a family member in order to qualify as a representative to pursue the claim on behalf of the deceased for personal injuries or death. However, the measure of damages is determined, and the class of beneficiaries who receive those damages is determined by your family relationship. In other words, the people who are the immediate family to the deceased person are the ones entitled to recover the damages. Oftentimes, families come to me and say, “We are so distraught by this loss, we don’t feel capable of being able to do all of the administrative tasks associated with your claim,” and in those cases, you can find an outside person, an independent representative, to qualify in order to file your claim in court.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Virginia?
In Virginia, we have a rule that you have two years from the date of the accident causing the death in which to file your claim. Occasionally, there are tolling provisions that will apply that can extend that time period, but the general rule is two years from the date of accident.
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If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s carelessness or negligence, our legal team wants to help. We provide discrete legal services for grieving families and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our Vienna wrongful death attorneys today for a free, confidential consultation.