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Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys

Compassionate Representation for Families of Wrongful Death Victims in Annandale

Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence can be unfathomable and difficult to accept. Amidst your anger and grief, you will also be shouldered with the financial burdens that come with a funeral, burial, and final medical expenses. You and your family should not have to cover these losses when the death of your loved one was avoidable. 

At Rowe, Weinstein & Sohn, PLLC, we are committed to offering powerful and dedicated advocacy to families of wrongful death victims. Our compassionate and experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyers understand how to successfully hold negligent parties accountable and secure the compensation your family needs to begin healing. No amount of money can undo what has happened, but we are here to help you get justice and closure. With an undeniable record of success and hundreds of millions already recovered for our clients, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands.

Our team is ready to listen to your story and walk you through what we can do for your family. We invite you to schedule a free initial consultation by calling (301) 450-5742 or contacting us online today.

What Is Wrongful Death?

In Virginia, a wrongful death occurs when a person's death is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another individual or entity. Put another way, if the victim could have filed a personal injury claim against the responsible party had they survived, their passing likely provides grounds for a wrongful death case. It is important to note that the underlying cause of the wrongful death must meet the legal definition of negligence, which involves a failure to exercise reasonable care that results in harm to another person.

One of the key aspects of a wrongful death claim is proving causation. This means that you must be able to demonstrate a direct link between the defendant's negligent action and your loved one’s death. Our Virginia wrongful death attorneys understand how to build strong cases and can gather the evidence needed to prove causation.

Many wrongful death cases stem from:

  • Car accidents. If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you and your family may have a wrongful death case against the negligent driver. Negligent driving behaviors include excessive speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, or violating traffic laws. Alternatively, if a fatal car accident was caused by a manufacturing defect, such as faulty brakes or airbags, the manufacturer could be held liable for a wrongful death. You would need to prove that the defect directly caused the accident and subsequent death and that the victim was using the vehicle as it was intended to be used at the time of the accident.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Due to their exposed nature and lack of protection compared to closed vehicles, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in accidents, many of which are caused by negligence. Many drivers fail to check their blind spots or do not provide motorcyclists with the necessary space on the road, potentially leading to fatal accidents.
  • Truck accidents. Truck accidents frequently result in more severe injuries or fatalities compared to other motor vehicle accidents. The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, combined with their longer stopping distances, can result in devastating collisions. Wrongful death cases involving truck accidents tend to be more complex due to the potential for multiple liable parties. 
  • Medical malpractice. Medical malpractice refers to situations where a healthcare provider causes the death of a patient by failing to meet the expected standard of care. This neglect may consist of misdiagnosis, surgical errors, improper medication dosage, or failure to provide timely treatment. In these scenarios, you must prove that the healthcare provider's negligence or incompetence directly caused your loved one’s death.
  • Premises liability incidents. If your loved one suffered fatal injuries because a property owner failed to address known safety hazards, such as a broken stair rail or a snow-covered walkway, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Examples of premises liability incidents that can result in wrongful death include slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, elevator or escalator accidents, fires, exposure to hazardous materials, and even criminal activity due to inadequate security measures.

Get the personalized legal attention your wrongful death case demands and deserves. Call (301) 450-5742 or contact us online to speak to our compassionate team today.

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