If you are like most people, you have occasionally thought about what the consequences could be to your family if you died in an accident that was caused by someone else. But less often do we contemplate what would happen if it was a loved one who was the victim — what could you do about it?
The avoidable loss of an immediate family member — a parent, a sibling or a child — can be thought of in terms other than emotional trauma and grief. There can be, and often are lasting effects that can be compensable when someone else was to blame for the untimely death. For example, the loss of a mother or father can deprive the surviving spouse of support and companionship, and the children of that parent’s support and guidance. More directly, there is the loss of income if a wage earning parent dies.
These losses can be measured, even if in some aspects they are subjective. If the accident or other act that led to the death constitutes grounds for a wrongful death action, those measurable losses can be recovered from the person responsible.
West Virginia statutory law recognizes a claim of wrongful death. But the provisions of the law can be convoluted to understand and complex to apply. Fortunately, you do not need to become a legal expert to make the law work for you. We at Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs can be your advocates in a wrongful death action.
Our firm has several attorneys with five decades of cumulative experience among them in personal injury law, including wrongful death claims. We understand the intricacies of the statutes, so you do not need to learn them yourself. This means that you can concentrate your time and energy on what is most important to you as you go through the grieving process and cope with finding your way forward after the loss of a family member. We work on a contingency basis, which means that you do not need to worry about legal bills and only pay us if we recover compensation for you.
If a loved one of yours has died as the result of a fatal accident, and you believe that the death was the result of a wrongful act, then we encourage you to learn more about what you can do by visiting our webpage, and contacting us if you have any questions.