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Economic and emotional damages in Virginia (VA) wrongful death cases

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An attorney handling a wrongful death case in Virginia (VA) must consider both the economic and emotional losses associated with the client’s family member’s death. Under Virginia law the family of a person who was killed by the negligence of another is potentially entitled to damages set forth on a list in the Code of Virginia (VA).

Generally, these damages for wrongful death fall into two categories namely economic damages and grief damages. The economic damages for wrongful death in Virginia (VA) are for things like funeral expenses, the medical bills for the deceased to be treated before they died for the injuries caused by the other person’s negligence, and the future lost wages to the family for a person who was working at the time of his or her death. The best lawyers in Virginia (VA) also will typically hire an expert economist who can also calculate economic losses for the value of the services that the person who was killed performed for his family. For example, a homemaker does so many things and provides so many services for their family that its hard to even know all the things that person does that others in the house rely on. What the economist can do is to calculate what the cost of replacing those services would be to the family as if they were to go out to hire someone else to do all of the cooking, cleaning, and other chores that the person wrongfully killed used to do. Even for a wage earner in a wrongful death case, there are household services which an economist can put a number on. For example, if a husband use to cut the grass, and do household repairs that is an economic cost to his family when he is taken away. Knowing how to work with an expert economist in a wrongful death case is one of the skills a top wrongful death attorney provides to the client.

Wrongful death can occur as a result of an automobile accident or as a result of medical malpractice. People are also wrongfully killed as a result of faulty or defective products. If you believe that your loved one has been killed as a result of someone else’s fault, you should definitely talk to an experienced lawyer who regularly handles wrongful death and serious injury cases. Typically, there is no charge to consult with an attorney who does this kind of work as we work only on a percentage basis, getting paid only if we are able to obtain a favorable result for you or your family.