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Wrongful Death FAQs

When you are stricken over the unexpected loss of a loved one, the absolutely last thing on your mind will be looking into a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it is necessary procedure for many families who end up responsible for unexpected and sometimes extreme medical bills, funeral costs, loss of financial, emotional, and physical support, and pain and suffering sustained after a family member's unfortunate death.

Browse our wrongful death FAQs below or call our firm today at (888) 709-9869 to put our legal team on your side.

  • In a Wrongful Death Case, can I receive the fully policy limit?
    Yes! In a Albemarle County wrongful death case, your attorney can request in writing to find out the limits of the Defendant's policy. You, the Plaintiff, provide the date of the car crash, name and last known address of the Defendant, a copy of the accident report, and, if available, the claim number to the Defendant's insurance company. You must also submit the death certificate of the decedent, the names and relationships of any benefactors, any medical bills and any relevant expected wage-loss documentation. The Defendant should respond within 30 days in writing, regardless of whether the insurer contests the applicability of the policy to the personal representative's claim.
  • Who can file a Virginia wrongful death case?

    Virginia law is specific as to what family members may collect damages from a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit. Although, depending on your relationship to the deceased, you may be entitled to collect or share the benefits from a lawsuit, provided a legal will does not exist. If there are multiple beneficiaries eligible to claim the settlement from a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit, there may be some conflict over the division of the settlement. Your wrongful death attorney can help you work to obtain your fair share of the settlement by showing your need for compensation after your loss.

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