The unexpected loss of a Virginia loved one in a fatal accident is devastating for family members in a number of ways and on a number of different levels. The loss can be even more difficult to cope with when the loved one was wrongfully killed by another party’s negligence, such as when a careless or drunk driver caused the fatal car accident.
Because of the serious nature of the harm suffered by family members of fatal car accident victims, the legal process seeks, to the extent it is able, to ensure family members of victims are properly compensated for the loss. Surviving family members may be able to recover damages, including loss of income, loss of earning capacity, loss of comfort, loss of companionship and society, medical and funeral expenses and pain and suffering damages.
The nature of the damages family members may recover depends on the unique circumstances of each situation and the unique characteristics of the lost loved one. Depending on the circumstances, spouses, children, parents, siblings, stepchildren and foster children may recover damages for the wrongful loss of a loved one. Surviving family members of loved ones killed in a car accident may feel overwhelmed by the nature and number of emotional and financial challenges they unexpectedly face, following the loss of a loved one.
Wrongful death actions provide legal options and advocacy for families who have suffered the wrongful loss of a loved one because of the negligence of another party. Understanding the options and resources available to them, as well as the potential liability of the negligent party, can provide useful support to a family suffering during a difficult time.