Understanding VA's Wrongful Death Law

Understanding VA's Wrongful Death Law

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is incredibly devastating, even more so when the cause of death could have been prevented if not for another’s actions. In legal terms, this is known as wrongful death. Wrongful death is defined as death caused by another, due to a wrongful act, negligence, or default. If the victim had lived, the circumstances of the occurrence must have suited a personal injury case. The statute of limitations for wrongful death in the state of Virginia is 2 years within the victim’s death.

Any statutory beneficiaries are the only permitted people who can file a wrongful death claim. Family members or dependents who can file include, but are not limited to: the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, anyone sharing the household who is a dependent of the victim, or any surviving family member set to inherit the deceased’s estate.

Wrongful death damages one can pursue include compensation for sorrow and mental anguish, punitive damages, funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, loss of wages or benefits, and loss of care, comfort, society, advice, companionship, and kindly offices.

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