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Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another, the deceased’s surviving relatives (called “distributees”) may be able to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages. The wrongful death action is designed to provide compensation for relatives who depended upon the deceased for financial and/or emotional support. In Virginia, distributees eligible for damages include surviving spouses, children of the deceased and, in certain cases, grandchildren of the deceased. The state allows wrongful death damages for reasonable funeral costs; costs of treatment and care from the incident resulting in death; costs of sorrow, mental anguish and solace; compensation for reasonably expected loss of income and services; punitive damages; and other damages the court may see fit.

At Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, our compassionate Virginia wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to recovering maximum compensation for our clients. To learn about the damages to which you may be entitled, get in contact with a wrongful death attorney today.

Causes of Wrongful Death in Virginia

There are countless unfortunate scenarios that can give rise to a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit, though some are more prevalent than others. Listed below are among the most common causes of wrongful death lawsuits in Virginia. Medical Malpractice: When doctors and hospitals commit negligent errors, such as surgical mistakes or incorrect diagnoses, this often result in the harm of a patient. In these situations, the responsible party may be held liable for damages. If a patient dies from a negligent medical error, relatives of the deceased may be able to bring a Virginia wrongful death suit against the doctors and hospitals involved.

Defective Drugs: If a pharmaceutical company fails to alert the FDA and/or consumers of dangerous defects or side effect in their drugs, the company may be liable for the consequences. Likewise, it may be responsible if it is negligent in releasing a product into the marketplace. If an individual dies as a result of taking a defective drug, a Virginia wrongful death suit could potentially be filed against the company.

Defective Products: Product manufacturers have a legal obligation to provide safe goods to consumers. If a manufacturer fails to recognize or report a defect in its products, or fails to properly warn consumers of a hazard, this may be grounds for a Virginia product liability lawsuit. In the sad case that a defective or malfunctioning product contributes to the death of an individual, surviving relatives may bring forward a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer.

Accidents and Injuries: An accident may occur as the result of a defective vehicle, unmaintained roads or a negligent driver. When someone dies because of another’s negligence, relatives of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Virginia, the most common accidents leading to wrongful death cases involve cars, buses, boats and motorcycles.

Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys

The death of a loved one can be an extremely painful and difficult time for the entire family. At our Virginia wrongful death law firm, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, our compassionate attorneys understand that the decision to file a wrongful death case is probably not the first thing on your mind. However, we would also like to remind you that in the state of Virginia there is a two year statute limitations on wrongful death cases and if you are considering filing a case it is best to act sooner rather than later. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys are here to help you recover all the damages necessary and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Contact a Newport News wrongful death attorney today for a free, no risk, no obligation case review.

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