Lynchburg Wrongful Death Lawyers


Lynchburg Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers

An on-the-job fatality changes life forever for the victim’s survivors. Family members are entitled to workers’ compensation survivor benefits, but these replace, at most, two-thirds wages or salary. Since there is a cap on the amount– no matter how much they earned, workers’ compensation cannot fully replace the income lost by your loved one’s death.

In Virginia, families who have lost a loved one have just 2 years to file a wrongful lawsuit. 


Spouses, parents, children, and siblings all qualify to file a wrongful death claim. 

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Assigning Accountability

Workers’ compensation was set up so that injured employees or the survivors of those killed on the job could not sue the employer. While you cannot pursue a wrongful death claim against the employer, third parties are frequently involved. For example, if a malfunctioning piece of equipment caused your loved one’s demise, it is possible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, dealer, or distributor.

The Lynchburg Wrongful Death law firm of Rutter Mills offers compassionate assistance in this difficult time. We can help you receive workers’ compensation survivor benefits and hold the third parties responsible for your loved one’s fatality accountable.

Causes of Wrongful Death

Fatalities occur far more often in specific industries, such as construction and logging. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 5,250 fatal work injuries took place in the U.S. in 2018.

Nearly 40 percent of those deaths occurred in the transportation industry. The BLS notes that 966 truck drivers or delivery or salespeople lost their lives while working in 2018. This type of tragedy usually involves some form of third-party liability, for example, the driver of the other vehicle.

The second-highest cause of workplace wrongful death involves trips, slips, and falls. This can happen anywhere, including offices. Many times, a third party’s negligence is partly or wholly responsible for the hazard creating the fall. For example, a contractor working in a commercial building may not have posted signage or cordoned off a dangerous condition.

Additionally causes of workplace fatalities include:

  • Violence
  • Contact with heavy equipment or other objects
  • Exposure to harmful substances
  • Fires
  • Explosions

In Virginia, compensation, or damages, in wrongful death claims may include:

  • Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Value of lost wages and benefits if the person lived
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of guidance
  • Loss of companionship

Under the Commonwealth’s statute of limitations, wrongful death lawsuits require filing within two years of the victim’s death, not the accident date.

Lynchburg wrongful death lawyers will negotiate with the other party’s insurance company so that surviving family members receive the compensation they deserve. Most of these lawsuits are settled. However, if the insurance company fails to agree to a reasonable settlement, we will pursue your claim in court.

Contact our team of Lynchburg Wrongful Death Lawyers

If your family member lost their life while on the job, a Lynchburg wrongful death attorney at Rutter Mills can help determine whether there are grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We will evaluate your case during our free consultation. Call or text us 24/7 to schedule an appointment or submit our online contact form.

Wrongful Death Lawyers

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Disability Lawyers

If you lost someone you love because of someone else’s negligence, contact the Lynchburg wrongful death lawyers at Rutter Mills today.

Workers Comp Lawyers

Workers Compensation Lawyers

Workers Comp Lawyers in Lynchburg

If you were injured on the job getting benefits may not be easy. Speak with a trusted Lynchburg workers compensation lawyer at Rutter Mills today.

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Motorcycle Accidents

If you have involved in a serious motorcycle accident, contact the lawyers at Rutter Mills.


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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Contact a Lynchburg wrongful death lawyer today.

When everything is on the line, you need the compassion, experience, and results that is Rutter Mills.

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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.

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