Virginia: Wrongful Death – a Lawyer’s Representative

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In Addison v. Jurgelsky, No. 092361 (Jan. 13, 2011), the Virginia Supreme Court reversed dismissal of a medical malpractice action. It held that a single co-administrator acting alone as Plaintiff could file, but not maintain, suit under Virginia’s Wrongful Death Act, Va. Code Ann. §8.01-50, et seq. Id. at 3-5.

Justice Mims in Addison continued that the initial filing by the one co-administrator tolled the statute of limitation for the wrongful death claim in Tazewell County, Virginia; and that it was permissible to join the other co-administrator as Plaintiff after the statute of limitation had run. Hence it was error to grant the motion to abate for nonjoinder and the plea of the statute of limitations. Id. at 9.