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Arlington Wrongful Death Lawyers

Lost a Loved One Because of Someone Else’s Negligence or Wrongful Actions?

When the unthinkable happens, and a loved one's life is tragically cut short due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another, the pain and anguish can be overwhelming. During such trying times, having a compassionate, experienced, and dedicated Arlington wrongful death lawyer by your side can make all the difference.

Portner & Shure, P.A. is here to provide the legal support and guidance you need to seek justice for your loved one and compensation for your family's loss. We understand the pain and suffering you are going through, and we are here to offer both legal guidance and emotional support throughout the legal process.

Call (410) 995-1515 or fill out our online contact form today to request a free consultation and learn how we can help you and your family through this difficult time.

Virginia Wrongful Death Laws

Wrongful death laws in Virginia provide a legal framework for pursuing a civil lawsuit when a person's death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another party. These laws are designed to compensate surviving family members or beneficiaries for the financial and emotional losses they suffer due to the death of their loved one.

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff (the party bringing the lawsuit) must prove that the defendant's actions or negligence were the direct cause of the deceased person's death. This typically involves demonstrating that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased, breached that duty, and that the breach directly resulted in the death.

In Virginia, a wrongful death lawsuit must be initiated by the personal representative or executor of the deceased person's estate. This person is typically designated in the deceased's will, but if there is no will or no personal representative named, the court can appoint one

Damages awarded in a wrongful death case are intended to benefit certain family members and beneficiaries who were financially dependent on the deceased. These beneficiaries may include the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, or other family members who were dependent on the deceased for support.

The following are the common types of damages available to the beneficiaries of the deceased:

  • Medical expenses

  • Funeral and burial costs

  • Loss of income

  • Loss of companionship

  • Pain and suffering

  • Other financial and emotional losses suffered by the survivors.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Virginia is generally two years from the date of the person's death. Failing to file within this time frame may result in the loss of the right to seek compensation.

It's important to note that a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil matter and is separate from any criminal charges that may be brought against the responsible party. A person can be held liable in both a criminal court and a civil court for the same incident, but the standards of proof and the remedies differ.

Why Choose Us?

Our team understands that no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, seeking fair compensation is crucial to address financial hardships, including medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of financial support. Our Arlington wrongful death attorneys are skilled negotiators who will work tirelessly to secure a fair settlement on your behalf.

If negotiations fail to yield a satisfactory outcome, we are prepared to take your case to court. Our firm has a proven track record of success in the courtroom and will passionately advocate for your rights before a judge and jury.

Contact us today at (410) 995-1515 to let us help you get the justice and compensation your family deserves.


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