Nothing in this world is as difficult as losing a loved one, especially when the cause could have been prevented.
For more than 60 years, the Chesapeake wrongful death lawyers of Rutter Mills have compassionately represented workers injured on the job or deceased workers’ estates. We’ve born witness to pain and suffering with each case we encounter. Each and every case gives us the drive to help families, whether getting them vindication after their loss or helping them receive the financial support they need to stably move forward. With each case, we fight to give you stability and make room for your healing.
What Is Wrongful Death?
When a loved one is killed on the job, workers’ compensation insurance offers their family some financial protection in the form of death benefits. This financial protection is meant to support you through your difficult time of loss and mourning so your family can take time to focus on healing and get back on your feet. The workers’ compensation program also protects employers because workplace fatalities are sometimes beyond their control. In many tragic situations, a third party besides the employer may have taken part in your loved one’s death. In such cases, Rutter Mills can help define the cause of death and help family members file a wrongful death lawsuit.
There is no question: workers in certain occupations are more vulnerable to fatal job accidents than others. The construction industry poses exceptional risk. However, any employee might lose life at work. A fatal fall, for example, can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, so can a violent attack.
Besides falls, working on job sites might pose fatal dangers like getting struck by an object, hit by or caught in between construction equipment, or electrocution. When a contractor or other third party bears some or all of the responsibility for a fatality, the deceased person’s family members may be able to receive financial benefits to support them through their time of suffering.
How Can A Wrongful Death Lawyer Help Me?
While workers’ compensation provides certain benefits, our wrongful death lawyers know there is no way to recover damages for the pain of loss and the suffering of those left behind. Loss of companionship or guidance, and mental anguish are incomparable forms of suffering. Although no dollar amount can alter a loss, a wrongful death lawsuit can help alleviate financial strains you may face in the course of your suffering. Unlike other types of lawsuits, Virginia does not place a cap on the compensation you can receive to help you move forward. That’s what makes having a compassionate, knowledgeable lawyer on your side so integral. With someone fighting for justice on your behalf, you are giving yourself a chance to get the support you need so you can focus on what matters most – your healing.
In rare cases, punitive damages at a cap of $350,000 are awarded, especially when the third party responsible for a worker’s death behaved in a exceptionally egregious way.
Regardless, seeking financial support during your time of loss is paramount. The deadline, or statute of limitations, for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the Commonwealth is two years, so it’s critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Once you have a lawyer on your side, they can immediately start helping you obtain evidence before it can disappear, such as surveillance videos or getting eyewitnesses interviews.
Contact our team of Chesapeake Wrongful Death Lawyers
In the midst of tragedy, you may not know where to turn, but a wrongful death attorney at Rutter Mills can partner with you to make the path forward easier. Arrange a free consultation where we can advise you on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a third party. There is no fee unless you receive compensation, and there is always help.
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