Wrongful Death

Personal Injury Claims Can Turn into Wrongful Death Claims When Victims Pass Away

by Staff Blogger | September 6th, 2021

When it comes to getting compensation after an accident or injury, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. That’s especially true when a loved one has been seriously injured and faces life-threatening complications.

When people are injured because of others’ negligence, their claims may start as personal injury claims, but if they pass away, they can turn into wrongful death claims. If your family is ever in this situation, it’s vital to have an experienced law firm on your side from day one. Many aspects of a personal injury claim carry over to a wrongful death claim, but not at all.

After an accident or injury victim dies, there are many new questions and concerns that must be addressed. Their loved ones also may need different types and amounts of compensation.

Moving forward as if the claim is still a personal injury claim means that important information isn’t being considered, and that can leave surviving family members in need of additional compensation that they’ll never get after the claim concludes.

No one wants to imagine their loved one may pass away after an accident or injury, but it’s a possibility families must prepare for by getting a law firm that understands both personal injury and wrongful death claims.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia wrongful death attorneys have successfully transitioned many personal injury claims to wrongful death claims, and we know what it takes to win. Contact us today for a free consultation.

4 Key Factors in All Wrongful Death Claims

by Staff Blogger | June 21st, 2021

Wrongful death lawsuits are both extremely emotional and highly complex. They involve getting compensation for the death of a loved one, which is an irreplaceable and often life-changing loss. They also involve a party or parties that often fight back aggressively to avoid liability or paying any compensation to the victim’s family members.

For wrongful death claims to be successful, there are four elements that must be proven or demonstrated.

  1. Negligence—First, there must be proof that the victim died because of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness.
  2. Breach of duty—Second, there must be proof that the person or party whose negligence resulted in the death owed the victim a duty of care. For example, drivers owe other motorists a duty of driving safely, while doctors owe their patients a duty of practicing medicine safely.
  3. Causation—When it’s established that the defendant was acting negligently, it also must be established that their negligence caused the victim’s death.
  4. Damages—A death on its own is tragic, but wrongful death lawsuits must also factor in quantifiable damages for things like medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income (current and future), loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and more.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia wrongful death attorneys have years of experience proving and demonstrating these four key factors, and we don’t shy away from wrongful death claims that other firms may turn down. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

What’s the Time Limit on a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Virginia?

by Staff Blogger | March 29th, 2021

Wrongful death lawsuits are among the most emotionally difficult types of legal action we take on behalf of our clients. Losing a loved one is always devastating, and we share in the pain of the families we assist. But we also know that helping those families get compensation for their losses can make their paths forward a little easier.

However, some grieving families may forego filing wrongful death lawsuits, especially if their loved ones suffer injuries that aren’t immediately fatal but that ultimately result in their deaths. For example, medical malpractice and car accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries, but they may live for weeks, months, or even years afterward. But eventually, they succumb to their injuries.

Thankfully, their surviving family members can still file wrongful death claims, even if it has been years since their accidents or injuries occurred. That’s because Virginia’s wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of the person’s death—not the date of the accident.

However, even if it has been years since the injury occurred, many families are still unprepared for the grief and turmoil after their loved ones’ death. That means that it’s common for the two-year statute of limitations to expire, as they may be busy with other things or simply too grief-stricken to take matters into their own hands.

That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer on your side. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team will build your family’s wrongful death claim while you focus on being together, grieving your loss, and working towards your future one day at a time. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Costs Are Covered by Wrongful Death Claims?

by Staff Blogger | January 4th, 2021

Losing a loved one consistently ranks as one of the most stressful and traumatic life experiences. If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering if you have any financial recourse, especially if they were the primary income-earner for your household. You also may be wondering what that recourse may entail should your claim succeed.

Wrongful death claims can provide compensation to grieving families for things like:

  • Loss of companionship—The death of a loved one results in intense and prolonged grief, depression, and anxiety for surviving family members. Just as pain and suffering is compensated in personal injury claims, so too is loss of companionship in wrongful death claims.
  • Loss of income—Losing a loved one’s income can be financially devastating, especially if they were the breadwinner for the family or contributed heavily to the family’s finances. When we build wrongful death claims, we factor in past, current, and future lost wages.
  • Funeral expenses—Funerals can cost thousands of dollars. For many families, this expense can be too much to bear, especially if they’ve already spent thousands of dollars or more on medical bills for lifesaving treatments.

Other forms of compensation include pensions/401(k)s, inheritances, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. It’s important to get an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer on your side when you’re dealing with the preventable death of a loved one. Doing so gives you more time and space to grieve without worrying about the back and forth with the insurance company and other parties.

Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation—we want to help you through this difficult time.

We Work Hard to Get Maximum Compensation for Grieving Families

by Staff Blogger | August 17th, 2020

There are few experiences in life as difficult and traumatic as losing a loved one. The loss can be even more difficult to deal with if the deceased was a primary income-earner for your household. In addition to not having them to depend on for emotional support, you also lose their financial support.

If you recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions resulting in a preventable accident, injury, or illness, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. These claims work like personal injury claims, but they are designed to compensate the victim’s surviving loved ones. These claims can help families recoup money for medical bills and funeral costs, as well as replace lost income now and in the years to come.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that it can be difficult to move forward with a legal or insurance claim when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s especially difficult when you face obstacles or opposition to getting the money you’re owed. That’s where we come in.

Our Virginia wrongful death lawyers work hard to help grieving families get maximum compensation for the expenses they face after the loss of their loved ones, and we do so in a manner that’s sensitive to their needs and the situation they’re facing. You have enough to worry about—let us handle the back and forth with the insurance company and the at-fault party.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can put our decades of experience to work for your family during this difficult time.

What Scenarios Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims?

by Staff Blogger | May 11th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team works hard to help injured victims and their loved ones get compensation after accidents. But what happens when those accidents result in someone’s death?

The surviving family members of a person who died in a preventable, fatal accident that was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. There are many types of accidents and mistakes that can result in valid wrongful death claims, including:

  • Car accidents—When drivers break the law, whether it’s by speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence, they put others in danger. And when their negligence causes a fatal crash, they should be held liable.
  • Medical malpractice—Doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers are responsible for ensuring their patients are safe and avoid complications. When they fail to do so, they can be considered accountable for injuries, illnesses, and even deaths.
  • Nursing home abuse—Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of society. Many are at risk of deadly falls or sudden downturns in their health that can turn fatal. It’s up to nursing home staff members to provide the care, medical treatment, and supervision necessary to reduce their risks.

These are just a few examples of the types of situations that can result in wrongful death claims. If you lost a loved one and you believe it was due to someone else’s carelessness or mistake, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our Virginia wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation.

Trust Your Wrongful Death Claim with Our Experienced Law Firm

by Staff Blogger | February 3rd, 2020

If your loved one recently died due to the negligence of another person, party, or corporation, the last thing you need is to deal with is an uncooperative insurance company. The grieving process is long and one of the most difficult things you’ll ever experience. But at the same time, you deserve compensation for what you’ve been through. Getting the money you deserve while taking the time you need to move on with your life often means contacting an attorney.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers are here to help you through this difficult process. We know that you need plenty of time to mourn your loss and honor your loved one’s memory, but you also need money as soon as possible. That’s especially true if the deceased was a primary income-earner in your household. When we take on your claim, we’ll handle all of the time-consuming and sensitive tasks, such as collecting evidence, proving your loved one wasn’t at fault, and handling communication with the insurance company.

Then, we’ll calculate exactly how much money your family deserves for what you’ve gone through. We’ll consider everything from lost wages and funeral costs to outstanding medical bills and loss of companionship. Getting compensation for our clients after serious injuries is a major priority, but we firmly believe that surviving family members deserve maximum damages for what they’ve been through. That’s why we take on such claims aggressively but also sensitively to ensure our clients get the kind, welcoming, and gentle treatment they deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

by Staff Blogger | October 21st, 2019

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help people who are suffering after the negligence of others causes serious accidents and injuries. Although most of our work involves directly helping victims, sometimes accidents are serious enough to be fatal. And when that happens, our attention turns to helping the surviving loved ones via wrongful death claims.

Just as injured victims can file compensation claims after auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of accidents, the surviving family members of people who died due to other people’s and parties’ negligence can also file compensation claims. People who file wrongful death claims may be eligible to receive a variety of compensation, including money for medical bills, lost wages, lost consortium, funeral expenses, and more.

Wrongful death claims are often complex, and more than one party may be at fault depending on the cause of death. That’s why it’s important for surviving family members to get an experienced Norfolk wrongful death lawyer on their side as soon as possible. Wrongful death claims require plenty of evidence, and evidence can quickly disappear in a matter of weeks or even days.

If you lost a loved one in an accident that wasn’t their fault, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for any incurred expenses or deal with lost income for years to come. We believe that you should be fairly compensated for what you’ve gone through, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

You Don’t Have to Deal with Your Loved One’s Wrongful Death Alone

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2019

Did you lose a loved one due to another person’s or party’s negligence? Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things you can experience in life, and it can be even worse when their death was preventable and was caused by someone else’s carelessness.

Not only are you grieving your family’s loss, but you’re also wondering how you’re going to afford things like medical bills, funeral costs, and daily living expenses—especially if your loved one was the primary income-earner for your household. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers know how difficult this time is for families like yours, and that’s why we do everything in our power to help bereaved family members get the compensation they deserve.

Grieving can be difficult, and the last thing you want to do is fight with the insurance company to get a fair settlement. Our legal team believes that you should spend this time honoring your loved one’s memory and moving forward with your life as best you can—not playing phone tag with the insurance adjuster or trying to round up paperwork like accident reports and medical records.

Our legal team has the experience and the resources to maximize your chances of getting compensation, and we can build your claim and negotiate with the insurance company while you focus on yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Do You Have a Wrongful Death Claim?

by Staff Blogger | May 20th, 2019

If your loved one died because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we fight for the rights of people who were hurt in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of accidents through no fault of their own. It’s our goal to help them get maximum compensation for their accident-related expenses, including their medical bills and lost wages.

We do the same for surviving family members when their loved ones die in preventable accidents or due to negligence-related injuries. The expenses associated with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, especially if the decedent was the primary income earner for the household. In addition, families may also have to pay for expensive medical procedures and funeral costs. When those costs are combined, they may be too much for a single family to bear.

We believe that surviving family members shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket when another party’s negligence results in the death of their loved one. However, we also know that wrongful death claims are often legally complex and require a thorough understanding of Virginia’s laws and ample evidence.

Don’t trust just any law firm after your loved one’s wrongful death. Get in touch with our Norfolk legal team today for a free consultation to find out how we can help your family.