Wrongful Death Lawyer in Williamsburg, VA

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr. Esq., a seasoned wrongful deaths lawyer from Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, has handled numerous 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 Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. 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

Most Common Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death happens when someone’s behavior or lack of care causes the death of another. The fatality may have resulted due to an accidental or intentional incident. Surviving family members may be entitled to receive compensation under a wrongful death lawsuit. Examples of damages family members may fight for in honor of their fallen loved one include lost wages, medical bills, deceased’s pain and suffering prior to death, burial expenses, loss of consortium, and more.

The most common wrongful death cases are listed as follows:

  • Car accident
  • Slip and fall
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accident
  • Truck accidents
  • Product liability
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Birth injury
  • Assault/battery

Elements in a Wrongful Death Claim

To have a case against an offender for wrongful death, there are certain factors that must apply. The laws for wrongful death will vary based on the state, which establishes the process for taking wrongful death actions. Your wrongful deaths lawyer from Waterman Law Centers, PLLC can examine the elements of your potential lawsuit to see if the following are present:

  • The passing of a human being occurred
  • The passing was caused by another’s intent to harm or from negligence
  • The surviving family members suffered monetary loss as a result of the death
  • The offender’s actions can be proven through evidence

At our law firm, we understand the delicate nuances associated with wrongful death cases. We know that families are grieving and may be confused, angry, scared, and just need a legal representative they can depend on. We are more than happy to review your case over a consultation and inform you of your options. It is important to us that you focus on your family during this difficult time, and we can handle the legal side of things. We can imagine what you may be going through, and hope that you call our law firm today to learn more about how we can help.

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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. Call an experienced lawyer for wrongful deaths from Waterman Law Centers, PLLC now about your case.


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