Claiming a Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlement
While it's not a nice thing to have to think about when you are already grieving over the unexpected loss of your loved one, you may have to negotiate the division of your lawsuit settlement with the other members of your family. The distribution of a settlement may get complicated when there are several surviving children or siblings of the deceased who are entitled to a share of the money.
Having a Fairfax wrongful death attorney on your side is your best asset when it comes to proving your fair share of the settlement. The court will normally give preference to the family members who were most directly affected by the loss of the deceased. Therefore, spouses and dependant family members often get the bulk of the settlement.
If you were a member of the deceased's household and relied on them for the majority of your financial and emotional support, you are often given priority consideration in the settlement distribution. You will need to present a strong case if you were not dependant on the deceased, especially when there are other surviving family members.
Contacting a Fairfax Wrongful Death Attorney
It is especially important to have the legal advice of a Fairfax wrongful death attorney when there are multiple family members seeking compensation through a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit. To avoid unnecessary conflict, you should seek legal advice immediately to evaluate your case and determine your options and potential outcomes.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is a difficult time in your life that shouldn't be made worse by the stress of dealing with insurance companies. Fairfax wrongful death attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their wrongful death claims. For more information, contact us today - 703-591-9829.