Wrongful Death Lawyer in Williamsburg, VA

Wrongful death lawsuits are incredibly difficult for people to pursue because they are grieving the loss of a loved one while trying to heal and move past the incident that caused it. It is important to take care of yourself during this difficult time, which includes making sure you are compensated for any costs associated with the accident as well as for all of the unnecessary pain and suffering you are going through because of it. This is why it is so important to hire an award-winning Williamsburg wrongful death lawyer from Waterman Law Centers, PLLC. We will help take care of you while you take care of yourself.

Car accidents and medical malpractice account for the majority of wrongful deaths, but wrongful death also occurs in any type of incident. If an individual’s intentional or careless misconduct causes a death, you have legal options to pursue accountability. Potential beneficiaries in a wrongful death case are spouses, children, parents, siblings and, infrequently, distant relatives.

Most Common Wrongful Death Cases We Handle

Wrongful death happens when someone’s misbehavior or lack of care causes the death of another. Surviving family members are entitled to receive compensation under a wrongful death lawsuit.

The most common wrongful death cases are listed as follows:

  • Car accidents
  • Patient falls 
  • Medical malpractice
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents 
  • Birth injuries

Losing a family member is an indescribable tragedy, especially when it occurs due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions. With the help of a compassionate and aggressive Williamsburg wrongful death lawyer on your side, your family is equipped with the resources and guidance to seek justice and compensation for the emotional and financial challenges resulting from the untimely loss of a loved one. 

Elements in a Wrongful Death Claim

To have a case against an offender for wrongful death, certain elements must be present. Your Williamsburg wrongful death lawyer from Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, examines the elements of your potential lawsuit to see if the following are present:

  • The wrongdoer owed a duty of care to the victim,
  • The wrongdoer breached his or her duty of care, i.e., was negligent, and
  • The wrongdoer’s breach (negligence) proximately caused the victim’s death.

At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we understand the delicate nuances associated with wrongful death cases. We know families are grieving and confused, angry, scared, and just need a legal representative to depend on. We are more than happy to review your case for a free consultation and inform you of your options. It is important to us that you focus on your family during this difficult time, and that we handle the legal side of things. We cannot imagine what you are going through and hope you call our law firm today to learn more about how we help.

Recoverable Damages in a Successful Wrongful Death Claim

In a successful wrongful death claim, the specific recoverable damages vary depending on the circumstances of the incident. However, there are some common types of economic and non-economic compensation you are able to pursue with the guidance of a Williamsburg wrongful death attorney: 

  • Medical expenses 
  • Funeral and burial costs 
  • Loss of financial support 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of companionship 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Punitive damages 

At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we evaluate the specifics of your situation, gather evidence, and build a strong legal strategy to seek maximum compensation on behalf of surviving family members. 

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims

The sooner you pursue a case after the incident happens, the better. There are strict statutes of limitations in place for a wrongful death lawsuit to be filed, which generally is 2 years from date of death. If you miss any deadlines associated with your case, your compensation is jeopardized, potentially even barred. You might not be ready to go over all of the details of your case so soon, but our experienced attorney will be sympathetic to your situation and handle everything as gently as possible while still focusing on gaining you the compensation you are entitled to because of this tragic event.

How Long Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Take?

We know you do not want to deal with this case any longer than necessary. We will file all of the necessary paperwork and handle the appropriate investigation and research so you are able to focus on healing. By hiring an experienced lawyer, your attorney will take care of all the deadlines, file the necessary documents, and move the case along, so that you are not constantly focusing on the case.

How Do You Pay for a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Lawyers are known to be expensive, but Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, works on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is contingent (dependent) on us recovering for you.  It is a standard percentage of any settlement or trial verdict in your wrongful death case. Otherwise, any time we put into it will not be charged. We want you to get what you deserve and to be compensated for your tragic loss. 

Contact a Williamsburg Wrongful Death Lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, Today

Wrongful death claims encompass a wide range of circumstances, each representing a devastating loss and the need for justice. At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we equip you with the specialized knowledge and resources you need to understand these types of complex cases and provide guidance, support, and strong legal strategies to help grieving families seek the compensation they deserve. 

Attorney Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr. Esq. at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, has handled numerous wrongful death cases over four decades. His cases range from vehicle accidents to medical malpractice. Attorney Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. was named to The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury during 2007-2023 and was voted its “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury by his peers in Southeast Virginia in 2022; and Waterman Law Centers has been listed as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Medical Malpractice in the U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2023. To schedule a free consultation with a Williamsburg wrongful death attorney, call (757) 881-9881 or fill out a contact form today. 


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