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What Damages Can You Claim in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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What Damages Can You Claim in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

When family members bring a wrongful death lawsuit there are some specific damages that can be claimed that are different from those in a personal injury lawsuit.

Our Virginia wrongful death attorneys help many people who have lost a loved one every year. These cases are among the most harrowing we deal with. The fact that you have lost a family member means it can be hard to put everything in perspective. You may be still grieving and not want to deal with a lawyer. We understand this and have a caring and understanding approach to these cases.


We take many of the difficult negotiations out of your hands and allow you to concentrate on coping with your loss. Here, we outline some of the major financial losses that you can make a recovery for. The laws vary in different states.

What Can be Claimed in a Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

  1. Hospital and medical expenses incurred by the deceased
  2. Funeral expenses
  3. The deceased’s projected future income
  4. Health insurance and other employment-related benefits
  5. Projected future contributions by the deceased to items like schooling and mortgage payments
  6. Loss of value of services to the family such as household chores and work in the yard.

A wrongful death lawsuit can also include a claim for “loss of solace.” This is more difficult to put a financial figure on but it is the loss experienced by the spouse and children of the deceased who have been deprived the company of the deceased. Your parent, brother or sister may have provided advice and help, something that has been lost with a death.

In a wrongful death lawsuit, we argue the actions of an individual deprived family members of the company of their loved one. The at-fault party could be another driver or the manufacturer of a dangerous drug or a company that owns or operates a building where a dangerous condition resulted in a death.

If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another person, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. See our Virginia death resources for more information or call (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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