There are several wrongful death case steps that are important to follow to ensure you maximize your recovery. Watch this video to learn more.
What happens after I file a wrongful death claim?
Recently, a family came to see me when a daughter had fallen on steps outside of an apartment building and had passed away as a result of her injuries. When that happened, they wanted to know what the steps were. They can be somewhat complicated, but the first step that has to be taken in pursuing a claim when we have a lost loved one is to get proper qualification with the court to allow a representative of the family to pursue the claim legally. The next most important thing, of course, is to hire an attorney as early as you possibly can to establish what the facts and circumstances of the death were. Oftentimes, when somebody passes away as a result of an accident, their testimony isn’t available to preserve the specific occurrence and the conditions that were prevailing at the scene where it happened. The value of the case can be severely compromised without that. It’s extremely important to get an attorney early in the case to help you investigate, from any other source available, what you need to prove and win a wrongful death case in Virginia.
We want you to be taking the right wrongful death case steps so that you have the best possible chance at compensation. When you go through the right actions, you make your life easier and your attorney’s job of protecting your rights easier.
The following is the way that you may receive compensation for wrongful death:
No amount of money feels sufficient for the loss of a beloved family member. Yet, in cases of wrongful death, compensation is available to provide financial security for surviving dependents. This can help families recover financially, as well as compensate them for ongoing emotional pain and suffering.
In wrongful death cases, compensation can be obtained for:
- Grief and emotional trauma
- Medical expenses leading up to the wrongful death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income, services, insurance, and protection
- Loss of consortium
In some wrongful death cases, families can pursue punitive damages. This is a form of financial punishment for the negligent party, and it’s reserved for cases of gross negligence or malice. Punitive damages are awarded by a jury, if your case goes to trial, and they are awarded on top of any compensatory damages.
Ultimately, a qualified Virginia wrongful death lawyer will help you fight for any and all forms of compensation. In your grief, compensation can help you avoid financial difficulties in the face of tragedy.
Did you lose a loved one due to a personal injury and have questions about the wrongful death case steps? Contact a Virginia wrongful death lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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