Wrongful Death Lawyers


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Wrongful Death Lawyers

Losing a loved one in any circumstance is a painful and difficult experience, and when it happens in an accident caused by someone else, it can add a layer of anger, frustration, and helplessness to the grieving process. Families who suffer through the grieving process also have to learn to live without an income source or a care-giver. You don’t have to go through that alone. Our team is hear to help you find your new normal and get back on your feet.

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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

Losing someone, no matter the cause, is unbearable. In our grief, our understandable instinct is to place blame on someone. But not all accidents and medical errors constitute “wrongful deaths.”

Having a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer on your side will help you identify the true cause and course of action to take in the aftermath of your loss. To prove fault, we look for:

  • Explicit or implied “duty of care”
  • Evidence that laws were broken at the time
  • Poor hiring, training or supervisory practices
  • Signs the accused person knew or should’ve known about a hazardous condition
  • Documents that reveal carelessness, negligence, or purposeful wrongdoing

In many cases, blame can’t be placed on a single person. Virginia allows multiple parties to be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.

How Do You Put A Price On A Life?

Estimating Your Losses

While hospital, funeral, and burial bills are easily calculated, our lawyers are skilled in estimating other losses you might endure. When pursuing compensation for lost income, a skilled wrongful death attorney in Virginia will bring in forensic experts to determine how much income your loved one would have continued earning for your family.

We’ll use this number to total up the amount you and your family need to survive moving forward. You can focus on healing from your trauma without the weight of financial costs worrying you.

Our team will also work with mental health experts who understand and attest to yours and your family’s anguish and trauma. While there is no price for your pain, these damages are our way of ensuring your family’s future is taken care of as you rebuild after your loss.

No Wrongful Death Case is Common

The worst grievance is knowing a death could’ve been prevented, for instance, if safety measures were not in place and someone suffers a fatal fall in a warehouse or is exposed to harmful chemicals in their workplace. When safety is jeopardized, nothing can undo the harm it causes.

Accidents are often just that, but when you lose a loved one due to someone else’s recklessness behind the wheel, it is a truly senseless situation. Pedestrians and motorcycles have little protection against the speed and weight of a vehicle.

18-wheelers are some of the most powerful vehicles on the road. When an accident involves a tractor trailer, the consequences can be deadly. At Rutter Mills, we’ve seen what happens when trucking companies bend rules or forge logs. These cases require experienced lawyers, who know what to look for and have the resources to investigate properly.

Despite safety regulations and standards, maritime work is some of the most dangerous around, responsible for thousands of catastrophic injuries and deaths each year. Harbor workers, longshoreman, deckhands, oil rig workers, fishermen, and boat operators put their lives on the line every day, and sometimes fatal accidents happen.

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The loss of a loved one is one of life’s deepest pains. Worse yet is feeling you could have prevented what happened. If someone close to you has passed away due to the careless actions of another, a wrongful death attorney in Virginia can pursue a claim for you to avenge your loved one and protect your financial future.

Thorough investigation and an unwavering pursuit of justice are our means to uncover truths as we hold negligent and reckless wrongdoers accountable. Not only does Rutter Mills have the experience and resources necessary to win your case – we have a team of compassionate, justice-driven attorneys ready to defend those who’ve been unfairly affected by harm.

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.

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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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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