Richmond Wrongful Death Lawyers


Richmond Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Many fatal accidents were preventable. When another person’s actions or failure to act creates a hazardous situation in which an individual dies, the family has legal redress to seek financial compensation for their losses. No amount of money can bring back your loved one, but the law is in place to make your family financially “whole” again and to allow you a forum for the pursuit of justice and accountability. Contact us at Rutter Mills for a free consultation to help ease your mind in these difficult times.

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. 

Rutter Mills Law Firm
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Serving our Clients for Over 60 Years

If you’re looking for Richmond wrongful death lawyers to help with your case, you may consider expanding your search to include Newport News, VA. We are located roughly an hour from your home, but our service area includes Richmond. When choosing a Richmond wrongful death attorney, you are working with the best.

Our firm has served clients for over 60 years, specializing in the most complex, difficult cases. It costs nothing upfront to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Our legal fee comes out of successful settlements or jury awards. Contact us for a free case review.

Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Richmond wrongful death lawyers may file one or both claims:

  • Wrongful death lawsuit – This lawsuit pursues the rights of survivors to sue for the loss of the decedent’s income and benefits, as well as the loss of household services, support, guidance, and company.
  • Survival action – This lawsuit pursues the right of the deceased’s estate to collect money for the emergency and medical treatments before death, as well as the pain and suffering experienced.

If your loved one died immediately, you might only need to file a wrongful death claim. However, if your loved one was ill for a while or lingered before death, a Richmond wrongful death lawyer may recommend that you file both claims to minimize your financial losses and command justice for the decedent.

Motor vehicle accidents are the most commonly filed wrongful death lawsuits. All Virginia motorists have an implied, legal duty of care to obey the rules of the road and exercise caution. Drinking and driving, texting behind the wheel, tailgating, speeding, and failing to yield right of way are all potential wrongful death claims.

When company vehicles or semi-trucks are involved in accidents, the companies they work for could be liable for poor hiring, training, supervising, and loading procedures. Sometimes local lawmakers know that a particular safety hazard exists with the roadway, but they do nothing to fix the problem– which is another valid reason to sue.

Workplace accidents are another reason to file a wrongful death claim. While your loved one may have gotten worker’s compensation and your family may receive life insurance benefits, the money is often insufficient to cover the full extent of the loss. Experienced Richmond wrongful death lawyers will bring in outside experts like accident reconstructionist, private investigators, medical professionals, coroners, and forensic economists to ensure you receive the full amount you are entitled to seek.

Medical malpractice is another cause of death that is deemed “wrongful.” Doctors or surgeons can be held liable for deviating from standard protocol, missed diagnosis, leaving foreign materials inside the body, failing to monitor signs of infection, medication errors, and other issues. Typically, only adult cases are pursued as “wrongful death,” as the compensation is based on lost income to the household, and children do not likely contribute much. Child-related cases may be pursued as personal injury or birth injury cases instead.

Consumer products have caused countless wrongful deaths. Some of the biggest product liability cases involved General Motors’ faulty ignition switch, Dow Corning silicone breast implant ruptures, and Owens Corning asbestos building material causing mesothelioma. Many more product liability lawsuits are currently pending, which you may have heard about on TV, the radio, social media, or a legal website.

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Years helping families heal


Convenient offices in Hampton Roads


Team members ready to listen


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 Richmond 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.

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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.

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Workers Comp