Chesapeake Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Chesapeake Wrongful Death Attorneys

Wrongful Death

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.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,250 people lost their lives in U.S. workplace accidents in 2018, a 2 percent increase over the prior year. 


Forty percent of these fatalities were related to transportation incidents, with truck drivers comprising the largest group.

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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 risks. 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.

Learn More About Wrongful Death Claims in Chesapeake

While workers’ compensation provides certain benefits, our Chesapeake 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 the financial strain you may face in the course of your suffering. Unlike other types of lawsuits, Virginia does not place a cap on the amount of money 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.

Seeking financial support during your time of loss is paramount. The deadline, or statute of limitations, for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Chesapeake 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 eyewitness interviews.

Contact our team of Chesapeake Wrongful Death Lawyers

In the midst of tragedy, you may not know where to turn, but a Chesapeake 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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Personal Injury

We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal Injury Lawyers

Car Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accident Lawyers

Maritime/Jones Act Law

Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

Maritime Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Lawyers

Workers Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

Workers Compensation Lawyers
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Years Fighting for Victims


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Team Members Ready to Help


You don’t have to worry about the bills, just get healthy.

Dave Put His Trust in Us

Don’t Fall For The Insurance Company’s Games

Dave suffered serious injuries in a car accident. The defendant’s insurance company tried to offer him a low amount so Dave called Rutter Mills. We took over dealing with the insurance and got Dave the money he needed to get back on his feet.

They enabled me to be happy in life again.

Get Back On Track

Protecting Your Future

Glenn’s car accident changed his life, but not permanently thanks to the help of his Rutter Mills attorney. When the insurance companies wouldn’t help him, our team fought back and won.

I knew I needed Rutter Mills.

Fighting For What's Right

Getting Justice

On his way home from work at the shipyard, Dan was involved in an accident. He tried to file a claim on his own, but the insurance company wouldn’t give him the money he needed to put his life back on track. Dan knew he needed to call Rutter Mills.

They actually won my case 3 times!

Larena's Win

After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

We’re going to immediately call Rutter Mills. That’s the people I trust with my baby girl.

Who Do You Trust With Your Family?

After a car accident, Jamaree’s first call was to her mom. She was shaken up and scared. Mom told her “We’re calling Rutter Mills. Her next was to Rutter Mills. Her Rutter Mills car accident team helped her get compensation “above & beyond” what she was expecting.

They lifted allot of stress off my shoulders. I recommend them to anybody because they WILL fight for you.

Who Can You Turn To?

Referrals From Friends and Family

After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

They really care for you as a person. Words cannot describe what Rutter Mills did for me and for my case.

When You Need Someone In Your Corner

Don’t Go It Alone

When the insurance company tried to get Carol to sign paperwork after her car accident, she knew she needed a lawyer. Carol knew she needed Rutter Mills.

When I called Rutter Mills, I knew it was the right fit. They’re so interested in helping you get justice.

Getting The Justice You Deserve

When Mom Needs Strength

Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

There’s attorneys, then there’s Rutter Mills.

We're Here When The Unexpected Happens


A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

When you’ve got a serious injury, you need a serious lawyer. That’s why we chose Rutter Mills.

Motorcycle Accidents Change Everything

When Ed was injured in a motorcycle crash, he knew he needed a serious lawyer to protect his rights. The insurance companies were fighting him every step of the way. Rutter Mills helped prove Ed’s case and get him the money he needed to get on the road to recovery.

With the seriousness of the accident, I knew that we needed a serious lawyer. I needed Rutter Mills.

Carol & Levon's Story

They knew they needed a serious lawyer when Carol and her son were seriously injured. After the other party’s insurance company tried to get her to settle for less than she needed, Carol called Rutter Mills for help. We took on the insurance company so she could focus on healing.

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