When a family member dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may feel that there are more questions than answers. The grief of losing a loved one is also frequently compounded by financial stress, and you may find yourself having to worry about the loss of the deceased person’s income as well as their final expenses and other associated costs. These worries can cause further pain even as you try to come to terms with your loss.
The attorneys at Perry Charnoff can walk you through the process that follows a wrongful death in a careful and compassionate way, and we can help you pursue the best available legal remedies against those responsible so your family can receive closure and compensation. We have experience working with wrongful death laws in different jurisdictions, including Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, as well as the laws that apply to federal property.
What Is Wrongful Death?
When someone’s misconduct or negligent actions bring about another person’s death, the victim’s surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim. These claims allow survivors to seek compensation for the financial and emotional hardships they have suffered as the result of the victim’s passing.
Some factors that courts tend to consider when determining the amount of damages in a wrongful death case include:
- The deceased person’s current and expected future income as well as their savings
- The degree to which the survivors depended upon the victim for financial support
- Expenses that the survivors incurred for medical and funeral costs
- Loss of companionship
Of course, no amount of financial compensation can make up for the death of a loved one and the emotional pain that results. However, holding the negligent parties that caused your loved one’s passing accountable and securing your family’s financial future can take away added stress, allowing you to focus on your family’s emotional needs as well as your own. It can also provide a feeling of closure and a sense that justice has been served.
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While financial compensation may be the last thing on your mind following a loved one’s passing, it’s important to act quickly or the statute of limitations may take away your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If someone you love has died because of someone else’s negligence, please contact Perry Charnoff PLLC so that we can discuss your legal options.
We offer free consultations, and our contingent fee policy guarantees that you will not pay any attorney fees unless we achieve a recovery in your case. Please call us today at (703) 291-6650 or complete the form on this page to learn more.