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Can a fatal, on-the-job accident result in a wrongful death in Virginia?

Yes. While many people (correctly) think of wrongful death cases as arising out of motor vehicle accidents, there are also other types of fatal accidents that might result in wrongful death cases. A workplace accident is one such type of accident.   While most workplace accidents are covered by worker's compensation laws, a fatal accident caused by a third party may give rise to a wrongful death case.  

Wrongful death valuation depends on many factors. Once negligence is proven, damages may include compensation for:

  • Funeral costs.
  • Medical costs incurred prior to death.
  • Lost income that your family is suffering due to the death of your loved one. This includes income that your loved one would likely have contributed to the family in the future.
  • The emotional consequences suffered by you and other close survivors. 
  • Other damages which may include specific amounts and/or punitive damages in some cases.

For more information about how to recover damages after a fatal occupational injury in Virginia please contact us for a free, no-nonsense consultation.  

Carl N. Lauer
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Carl has focused on representing injured persons in Virginia.Workers' Compensation Claims.