An unexpected death is devastating, especially when caused by the negligence of another party. Whether the loss occurred due to an auto accident, through the use of a defective product, medical malpractice, a construction accident or another cause, the wrongful death lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP can assist you at this painful time. Our Fairfax wrongful death lawyers have the extensive knowledge and skills needed to seek compensation on your behalf. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.
Family members or dependents of the deceased, known as “statutory beneficiaries,” may file a wrongful death claim in Virginia in the following order:
Parents may not file or receive compensation in a wrongful death claim in Virginia if they abandoned the deceased during their childhood.
As a grieving family member, you may be able to obtain compensation for:
Unlike most damages, which are intended to compensate surviving family members, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for their reckless behavior and disregard for the safety of others.
The plaintiff, typically a surviving family member, must prove these four elements to successfully show that the defendant’s negligent actions resulted in their loved one’s death:
Taking on the complicated task of filing a wrongful death claim at an already painful time is an added burden that you don’t need. The process tends to require an extensive amount of time and investigating. An experienced wrongful death lawyer will be able to determine the amount of money that you and your surviving family are warranted, gather the sufficient evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. You will have the ability to focus on you and your family.
Surviving family members have only two years to take legal action. Speak to a highly knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today and discuss your options. Call (703) 498-2928 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.