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Our team of personal injury attorneys from The Pendleton Law Team could offer you legal counsel if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions in Hampton, Virginia. We can review your situation and help you build a claim for damages.

A Hampton personal injury lawyer from our firm can walk you through the steps to filing a wrongful death claim in Virginia. We’ll also go over the kind of compensation your family could receive while providing you with compassionate care and attention during this difficult time.

Can You File a Wrongful Death Claim in Hampton?

The state of Virginia allows families to file wrongful death claims in specific circumstances. For example, your family might have a claim if you lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or a wrongful act.

In many cases, you have an opportunity to file a claim after the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents/truck accidents/motorcycle accidents
  • Cases involving medical malpractice or nursing home abuse
  • Situations involving defective products or premise liability

A lawyer can review your situation to see if your family qualifies to file a claim today.

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Who Can Sue for a Wrongful Death?

Some states allow family members to directly file a wrongful death claim. In Virginia, the court handles things differently. Only a personal representative for your family member can file the wrongful death claim.

Your loved one may select a personal representative in a will or during estate planning. If your family member did not pick a personal representative, the superior court system might assign one to handle the case.

While a personal representative files the wrongful death claim, they do not necessarily receive compensation in this legal situation. Instead, the damages associated with the claim will go to your loved one’s statutory beneficiaries, which can include their:

  • Spouse
  • Children or grandchildren
  • Parents or siblings
  • Any dependent relatives who shared a home with your family member
  • Any other surviving family members

A Hampton wrongful death lawyer can provide you with more information about the steps for filing a claim after losing your loved one.

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What Types of Damages Can You Receive with a Wrongful Death Claim?

If you file a wrongful death claim, you may have a chance to secure fair compensation for your family’s financial losses. In many cases, families receive coverage for their economic losses, which can include:

  • Your loved one’s medical expenses
  • The value of your loved one’s lost wages or benefits
  • Funeral expenses and burial costs

In addition, your family may receive funds to cover your:

  • Mental anguish and sorrow
  • Lost guidance, companionship, comfort, and advice
  • Lost care, protection, and assistance

Punitive damages may also be rewarded in certain cases. You can review the financial compensation you could receive with a Hampton wrongful death attorney from The Pendleton Law Team.

How Much Compensation do You Get from a Wrongful Death Claim?

The financial damages available to your family after losing a loved one can vary. In many cases, it depends on the expenses incurred by your loved one due to the fatal accident.

We can review the specifics of your claim to provide you with additional details.

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What Services do Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Offer?

An attorney can provide your family with specialized care throughout the legal process. Our team begins by offering you a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.

We may decide to take on your claim after the consultation, providing you with details about steps to take after a wrongful death. We provide our clients with answers to their legal questions and assistance handling insurance agents and other lawyers. Additionally, we can investigate the accident by:

  • Questioning witnesses to the wrongful death accident
  • Reviewing possible video or photo evidence
  • Collecting a copy of the police report about the accident
  • Working with wrongful death specialists

We have the resources to address all your legal concerns and back up our services with experience and knowledge.

We’re not afraid to take on tough cases as we stick with our clients throughout the legal process. For example, we may help you settle out of court with the insurance company or assist you as you file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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How Long do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Suit in Virginia?

You generally need to file a wrongful death claim before the Virginia statute of limitations expires. In many cases, you have about two years to move forward with legal action after losing your loved one.

However, the time limit to move forward with your case can vary in some cases. A Hampton wrongful death attorney can review the circumstances around your case to provide you with specific information.

What do Wrongful Death Attorneys Charge?

Every law firm sets its own rates to resolve wrongful death claims. Generally, you can rely on your firm to work on a contingency basis. These firms only receive payment for legal fees when they successfully settle your case or handle it in court.

When we resolve your claim, we will receive a percentage of your final financial award. We can discuss payment methods in detail when you contact us for a free consultation.

Reach Out to Us for Help with Your Wrongful Death Claim

The Pendleton Law Team can assist your family after losing a loved one. We put you first, listen to your concerns, and answer your legal questions. A Hampton wrongful death lawyer from our firm will support you through the legal process.

Contact us to start discussing your wrongful death case now; we’re here to help you.

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