Wrongful Deaths

Mr. Waterman has handled wrongful death cases over three decades. His cases range from vehicle accidents to medical malpractice, from police shootings to a tragic Virginia Tech shooting, from chemical exposures to other misconduct.

His wrongful death representation spans Virginia from Norfolk to Suffolk, from Hampton to Newport News, from York County to Williamsburg/James City County, from Richmond to Stafford, from Harrisonburg to Lynchburg. He also has litigated wrongful death cases throughout Louisiana and in North Carolina.

Harman v. Honeywell International, Inc., 288 Va. 84 (2014), is consolidated wrongful death suits in which Mr. Waterman was requested to author Brief Amicus Curiae and Reply Brief Amicus Curiae for the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association in Support of Appellants before the Supreme Court of Virginia and in which Appellants prevailed in a seminal decision on the “earned treatise” exception in Va. Code §8.01-401.1. His briefs follow:

1. (06/05/14) Opinion of the Virginia Supreme Court

2. (1/22/14) Brief Amicus Curiae of Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association

3. (3/4/14) Reply Brief Amicus Curiae of Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association

Car accidents and medical malpractice account for the majority of wrongful deaths, but accidents in employment, sporting, leisure and other situations can be compensable too. Virtually any circumstance in which intentional or even careless conduct causes a death may result in civil recovery.

Potential beneficiaries in a wrongful death case may be spouses, children, parents, siblings and/or (infrequently) more distant relatives. Their potential recovery may be for medical, funeral and burial expenses, and lost support, various suffering and even punitive damages.