Causes of Wrongful Death

In Virginia, when a person is killed as a consequence of another’s negligence or misconduct, the victim’s dependants may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages from the party negligent in causing their loved one’s death. Under Virginia wrongful death law, surviving relatives (or, distributees) who may be eligible for damages include spouses, children of the deceased, and in some cases, grandchildren of the deceased. These individuals could be entitled to Virginia wrongful death damages including compensation for funeral costs; treatment and care costs; sorrow, mental anguish and solace costs; expected loss of income and services costs; punitive damages; as well as other damages the court may see fit.

At Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein we understand that filing a wrongful death case may not be the first thing on your mind after a loved one has passed away. It is critical, however, to file a case as soon as possible to seek recovery of the funds you rightly deserve. Contact our Newport News wrongful death attorneys today for a free, no obligation case evaluation.

Virginia Wrongful Death Cases

Automobile Accidents: Automobile accidents often bring about wrongful death cases. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 people are killed each year in automobile accidents in the United States, many as the result of negligence or misconduct by another individual. Virginia wrongful death cases involving automobiles may be filed against drivers who acted in a reckless or harmful manner and/or against automotive manufacturing companies for providing and selling defective, malfunctioning machinery. The government may also be liable in some cases of Virginia auto accidents which are caused by improper road maintenance, poor road design or lack of signage.

Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider causes injury or death to a patient as a result of substandard industry practices. When medical malpractice results in death, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia. The United States Department of Justice claims that over 90 percent of medical malpractice suits filed caused death or permanent, debilitating injuries.

Product Liability: Product liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause. Product liability comes in three types: design defect, manufacturing defect, and the failure to warn consumers of defects. When a malfunctioning or defective product contributes to the death of an individual, the victim’s relatives may be able to file a wrongful death claim in Virginia.

Accidents at the Workplace: Workplace accidents commonly give rise to wrongful death claims. In the past, workplace accidents such as slip and falls, explosions, and equipment malfunctioning have contributed to the death of employees and been cited in Virginia wrongful death lawsuits. Risky work sites, such as construction sites, manufacturing plants and mining locations, are most commonly known for wrongful death suits; however, accidents can, and have, happened in far less dangerous work environments. Virginia wrongful death lawsuits may be filed against an employer if an employee is killed as a result of negligence or misconduct in the workplace.

Wrongful Death Attorneys

If a loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, it can be a devastating and difficult time for everyone close to the deceased. Suffering the unexpected loss of a loved one not only causes emotional anguish, but may also place a heavy financial burden on the family. At Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, our knowledgeable and experienced Virginia wrongful death attorneys are here to help make your life a little easier. Our compassionate attorneys have a long record of solid representation and resounding courtroom success. We can help you recover all the damages you legally deserve and assist in preventing you from struggling financially because of another’s negligence. Contact a Hampton Roads wrongful death attorney today to learn about your options moving forward.

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