The unexpected loss of a loved one is abrupt and devastating for any family. The legal process recognizes the emotional and financial harms families are left with following a fatal accident which is why it provides resources to help compensate family members of victims in the ways it is possible for it to do so. Surviving family members may be able to recover a variety of different types of damages for the harm they have suffered.
Damages that may be recoverable through a wrongful death action can include loss of income, lost-earning capacity (for children, loss of companionship and comfort, loss of society, funeral and medical expenses and pain and suffering damages prior to death. Virginia wrongful death laws provide that spouses, children, parents, siblings and sometimes step children and foster children may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of a loved one.
A wrongful death action is a resource available to families that allows a claim for damages to be brought on their behalf when they have wrongfully lost a family member or loved one. When a negligent or careless driver has caused a fatal car accident, they may be responsible to the family members of the victim for the losses and harm they have suffered as a result of the car accident. Damages that are available in a wrongful death action are aimed at minimizing the impact of the loss on the family in the ways that the legal process is able to help with such as bills the family will likely face following the loss.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is an overwhelming time for any family member which is why important resources are available through the legal process to hold negligent parties accountable and ensure that the needs of surviving family members are met. It is important that family members of a loved one lost in a fatal accident are familiar with the options available to them during such a challenging time.