Norfolk Wrongful Death Lawyers


Norfolk Wrongful Death Attorneys

Norolk Personal Injury Lawyers

When an accident takes the life of a family member, your family is never the same. Not only do you mourn the loss of your loved one, but you also fear what will become of you without their financial and emotional support. If someone else is to blame for their death, you need an experienced Norfolk wrongful death lawyer to fight for your future.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 144 people lost their lives in Virginia workplace accidents in 2022 alone.


35% of these fatalities were related to transportation incidents, with truck drivers comprising the largest group.

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Workplace Incidents Resulting In Wrongful Death

When individuals suffer fatal accidents while on the job, the workers’ compensation system steps in to provide death benefits – that prevents surviving family members from suing the employer. However, the employer is often not the sole entity liable for the accident. In these cases, you may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible third parties.

The Norfolk wrongful death law firm of Rutter Mills can help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve for your tragic loss. We hope to relieve your economic burdens and help you move forward.

Learn More About Wrongful Death Claims in Norfolk

The only person who can file a wrongful death claim is the administrator for the deceased’s estate. A spouse or child of the deceased are prioritized as an administrator, followed by parents and siblings.

To become an administrator, you must be appointed by the courts. A Rutter Mills Wrongful Death Attorney will give you the guidance you need to secure your entitlement and help with your recovery.

The Commonwealth’s statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the death, not the date of the injury. However, there are many exceptions for the statute and insurance often complicates cases. You should file a claim as soon as possible with a Rutter Mills Wrongful Death Lawyer. We will be there with you every step of the way.

The Rutter Mills Norfolk Wrongful death lawyers know that success depends on obtaining critical evidence. That is why the family should seek legal counsel as soon as possible so that crucial documentation does not vanish.

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Compassionate Support During Devasting Times

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is devastating. During this difficult time, you need compassionate legal support to navigate the complexities of a wrongful death claim. At Rutter Mills, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers understand the emotional toll of such tragedies and are dedicated to helping families seek justice and compensation. We will alleviate your burden by handling all legal aspects while you focus on healing and rebuilding.

When you choose Rutter Mills, you can trust that your case is in capable hands. We conduct thorough investigations to gather evidence, consult with experts to strengthen your claim, and aggressively advocate for your rights both in and out of the courtroom. Our relentless pursuit of justice has resulted in significant settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Assessing Damages in Norfolk Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death lawyer will help you calculate lost wages and understand the impact this tragedy will have on your family, and if the insurance companies disagree with the amount, or deny the claim all together, you need a firm willing to take your case to court. Court cases require firms to put up substantial resources hiring forensic and medical experts and investigating the case. Many firms don’t have the financial backing to carry those expenses. Rutter Mills does.

Contact our team of Norfolk Wrongful Death Lawyers

If your loved one suffered a fatal injury on the job and a party other than the employer may have been involved, you need the services of a compassionate Norfolk wrongful death attorney at Rutter Mills. Schedule a free consultation by completing our online form or calling or texting 24/7 at 757-777-7777.

For more than half a century, our dedicated attorneys have fought for the rights of those injured on the job, and for justice for those killed in the course of employment. There is never a fee until you receive compensation.

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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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At Rutter Mills,
every case is a serious case-because it's your case.

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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.

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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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