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Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Justice for Your Loss

Advocating for you in your time of need in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area

Losing a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences anyone can go through. When that loved one’s death is caused by the negligent act of another person, the pain is even greater. If you have lost a family member or spouse in a preventable accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your loss. While nothing can bring your loved one back, a wrongful death lawsuit can help you provide for your family’s future and cope with the financial hardships that his or her death has left behind.

Our wrongful death attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are sensitive to the needs of families whose loved ones are killed in accidents. We view every client we represent as a member of our own family — which is why we fight tirelessly to see that justice is served. We strive to provide you with what you need as you face the future after the loss of life of your husband, wife, son or daughter.

Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit

In 2015, just over 750 people lost their lives on the roads of Virginia. The death toll increased 7.57 percent compared to the previous year. Of those killed:

  • 241 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes
  • 323 people lost their lives in crashes in which excess speed was a factor.

Nationally, the death toll is rising on the highways of the United States. A report by the National Safety Council found as many as 40,000 people died on America’s roads in 2016. The two-year escalation in road deaths in 2015 and 2016 was the highest in 53 years.

An upsurge in distracted driving associated with new technology is blamed for much of the increase.

When another person or a defective piece of equipment or a dangerous drug is responsible for a death, the victim’s family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Only a fraction of families who’ve lost loved ones in such accidents actually file wrongful death suits. Many more could do so to seek financial compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Projected future income of the deceased
  • Health insurance and other work benefits
  • Projected future financial contributions (e.g., tuition and mortgages)
  • Loss of the value of services to the family (e.g., household chores/yard work)

Beyond these financial considerations, a wrongful death lawsuit will also seek to gain compensation for “loss of solace,” which refers to the unique loss experienced by the spouse and children of the deceased. These emotional damages may seem impossible to quantify, but they deserve to be compensated. The harms claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit include the loss of companionship, love, guidance, advice, and comfort that your mother, father, brother or sister provided to the family.

Deaths Due to the Fault of Another in Virginia

Our wrongful death lawyers help families of the deceased in the following scenarios:

  1. Loss of Life in an Automobile Accident - Car crashes claimed the lives of 249 drivers and 72 passengers in 2015 in Virginia, representing 42.6 percent of all road fatalities. The families of drivers killed due to the fault of another driver or passengers killed due to the fault the driver of the car or truck they were traveling in, may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
  2. Deaths in Truck Wrecks - In 2015, 77 occupants of commercial vehicles died in Virginia. Additionally, drivers and passengers of other vehicles are more likely to die in crashes involving a heavy truck than another car.
  3. Motorcyclist Fatalities - In 2015, 70 motorcyclists lost their lives in Virginia, comprising 9.3 percent of all fatalities. Motorcyclists are proportionately less likely to survive a crash.
  4. Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths - People on foot are killed in one in 10 of fatal traffic accidents in Virginia. In 2015, 78 pedestrians lost their lives. Some of these are mown down on crosswalks when they have the right of way. In the same year, 15 cyclists were killed.
  5. Deaths in Virginia Bus Crashes - Fatalities in bus crashes are rarer but when buses crash, the effects are often serious. In Virginia, one bus crash fatality was reported in 2015.
  6. Boating Fatalities - The waterways around Hampton Roads and in North Carolina are dangerous places. Every year people lose their lives in boating accidents or crashes involving jet skis.
  7. Loss of Life at a Business - On occasions, a slip and fall or another accident at a business is so serious it leads to a death. In Virginia Beach, holidaymakers have died in balcony falls, swimming pool accidents, and even in a freak accident involving a beach umbrella.
  8. Industrial Accidents - Every year, workers die on construction sites, at shipyards in Hampton Roads, or in other work environments. Causes of death include electric shock, burns, falls from scaffolding, and accidents on the railroad. Workers have also contracted life-threatening conditions due to exposure to chemicals or materials like asbestos. Employers or site managers may be at fault for these accidents.
  9. Dangerous Products - Pills and medical devices can cause injuries, illnesses and even death. If a manufacturer has failed to warn of a serious side-effect, it could be held liable. Read more about dangerous drugs here. Defective car parts, tires and airbags have also been linked to deaths.

Aiding families at a time of loss

With more than 45 years of combined experience in personal injury law, our attorneys know exactly what needs to be done to ensure you obtain justice and fair compensation for all of your losses – personal and financial. We understand how traumatic it can be when driver negligence or a railroad accident takes a life. We strive to hold the responsible party accountable, working to help you reach a settlement that eases your family’s burdens and provides you with a foundation for the future.

Contact compassionate attorneys for help with a wrongful death case

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we can help you to get the answers and compensation you deserve. Please call us at 757.455.0077 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with John Cooper, Jim Hurley, Bill O'Mara, or Griff O'Hanlon. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has its main offices in Norfolk and client meeting locations across Hampton Roads, representing people in wrongful death cases throughout Virginia. We also handle wrongful death cases in West Virginia and North Carolina.

"Jim and Nicole are the best. They were there for me through everything and were able to answer all my questions. I am very thankful for there help and assistance with everything I had to go though. I recommend Cooper Hurley lawyers to help when an unfortunate incident happens"
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"I had a great experience with the firm treated me like family and gave me the results I was looking for plus so much more I recommend them to anyone that has been involved in an injury. Thank you again guys"
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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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