You may be grief-stricken and devastated when you have suffered the death of a loved one. You may find yourself wondering how you'll deal with bills and the loss of emotional support from your family member. As you consider the impact this death has brought upon your family, you may be wondering where to turn for help.

In the legal world, you may have a wrongful death case that you can file to recover compensation for your losses. However, not every death, even if unintentional or unexpected, is valid grounds to file a Virginia wrongful death claim.

The first thing to understand is that your loved one must have died through no fault of their own. A victim of a fatal car accident cannot have been found to have contributed to the accident under Virginia's contributory negligence laws. Likewise, a patient whose stitches ruptured after surgery may not have a wrongful death case if it is found that they disobeyed doctor's orders to stay in bed and they fell without alerting the staff.

A well-documented wrongful death case is when you have clear negligence of another party that causes fatal injury to your family member. Things like car accidents caused by drunk drivers running traffic signals, or doctors prescribing fatal overdoses of medications are all types of clear negligence that would result in a solid wrongful death case.

Even clear-cut cases of negligence can be difficult to prove if you wait too long to file a Virginia wrongful death claim. You should speak to a Fairfax wrongful death attorney as soon as possible regarding your situation if you are seeking to file a claim. The longer you wait, the less substantial your evidence may be and the harder it can become to prove your case before a judge and jury. 

Contacting a Fairfax Wrongful Death Attorney

You don't have to deal with insurance companies and paperwork alone when you're looking to file a Virginia medical malpractice case. Fairfax wrongful death attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their wrongful death claims.

Before you go any further with your decision, set up a free consultation with an experienced Fairfax wrongful death attorney. Discussing your situation with a trustworthy attorney can save you time and effort in pursuing your case, contact us today - 703-591-9829.

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