At Tronfeld West & Durrett, we offer over five decades of experience in Virginia law providing compassionate, professional legal support to help families achieve justice after the wrongful death of a loved one.

In this difficult time, our goal is to alleviate the burden of the legal process so that you can focus on healing. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable, building strong cases through thorough investigations and the dedication you deserve.

Our Virginia Beach Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here to Help You Claim Compensation

In Virginia, you can seek compensation following a wrongful death if negligence or a wrongful act caused your loved one’s passing. Our personal injury lawyers can help you by:

  • Investigating the circumstances surrounding the wrongful death and identifying liable parties.
  • Gathering evidence, including medical records, accident reports, and witness statements, to build a strong case.
  • Advocating for your rights and seeking fair compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and emotional suffering.
  • Representing you in negotiations with insurance companies and in court, ensuring your voice is heard and your interests are protected.

We can guide you through the claim process to recover damages that address both economic and emotional losses, considering all the damage caused to your family. It’s our commitment to pursue justice for those enduring the tragic and unchangeable outcomes of a wrongful death.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

According to Virginia Code § 8.01-50, wrongful death claims can be initiated by the representative of the deceased’s estate for the benefit of the family members outlined below:

Surviving Spouse

The spouse is typically the primary claimant in wrongful death cases. They are entitled to seek compensation for the emotional distress and the financial impact resulting from the death.


Minor children and dependents can claim damages that cover the loss of parental guidance, emotional support, and expected financial contribution to their future.


In the absence of a spouse or children, the deceased’s parents can file a claim. Their compensation typically covers emotional suffering and loss of companionship.

Other Dependents

Extended family members or dependents who financially relied on the deceased at the time of their death might also be eligible to file under certain conditions, seeking compensation for their financial and emotional losses.

Common Causes of Accidents Leading to Wrongful Death Claims in Virginia Beach

Wrongful death in Virginia Beach can occur due to a variety of causes, such as:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and other similar incidents resulting from negligent driving, like speeding or drunk driving.
  • Medical malpractice: Errors in diagnosis, treatment, or surgery.
  • Premises liability: Fatal injuries resulting from unsafe property conditions, such as slips and falls, inadequate security, or structural collapses.
  • Workplace accidents: Occurring due to safety violations or equipment failures.
  • Product liability: Involves defective or dangerous products that cause death, including faulty automotive parts, unsafe children’s products, or malfunctioning medical devices.

Our team at Tronfeld West & Durrett has extensive experience handling a wide range of wrongful death cases, alongside a proven track record of securing multi-million dollar settlements (as highlighted in our case results).

We can do the same for you. That’s why we offer free initial screening calls where you’ll talk with an expert about your case.

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Types of Damages You Can Claim After the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

When you claim for wrongful death, the damages you’re seeking aim to compensate for the financial and emotional impact of the loss. For this, it’s essential to know how wrongful death claims work, but overall, you’re entitled to seek compensation for:

Medical Expenses

Reimbursement for any medical bills that accumulated as a result of the care needed before your loved one passed away. This helps offset the costs of emergency services, hospital stays, treatment, and any other medical-related expenses.

Lost Wages

This covers the earnings your loved one would have contributed to your family. It accounts for their expected lifetime earnings, considering their age, career, and earnings at the time of death.

Pain and Suffering

Compensation for pain and suffering addresses the physical and emotional distress your loved one endured before passing. This can also encompass the mental anguish and grief suffered by the family due to the loss of their loved one.

Funeral Costs

This includes the total expenses for funeral and burial services, alleviating the financial burden of arranging a funeral.

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How to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Virginia Beach

The process of filing a wrongful death claim in Virginia Beach involves a series of critical steps. Undertaking this process with expert legal help allows for a thorough evaluation of the case, precise calculation of damages, and robust representation in court.

  1. Consult with an experienced attorney at Tronfeld West & Durrett to establish who can file the claim and determine the best course of action.
  2. Collect evidence such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements.
  3. Prove negligence by demonstrating that the defendant’s breach of duty directly caused the death and damages.
  4. Calculate damages by analyzing the deceased’s earnings, medical costs, and the emotional impact on the family.
  5. File the claim within the legally specified time limits, which is two years after the incident.
  6. Resolve your case either through settlement negotiations or by going to trial.

At each step of the process, our team will provide comprehensive support and guidance. From collecting necessary evidence to negotiating settlements and representing you in court, our commitment is to treat your case with the highest level of care and professionalism.

How Much Are Most Wrongful Death Settlements

The amount you can recover in a wrongful death settlement depends on several factors, including the circumstances of the death, the deceased’s age and earnings potential, and the financial and emotional impact on the surviving family. There is no fixed average since each case’s circumstances dictate the compensation amount.

Settlements can range from modest sums to millions of dollars, particularly in cases involving significant negligence or the potential for high future earnings. At Tronfeld West & Durrett, we’ve consistently achieved substantial results, like a recent settlement of nearly a million dollars for the deceased’s family.

Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney for Advice in Virginia Beach – Over 50 Years of Experience Serving the Community

With over 50 years of serving the Virginia Beach community, we have the necessary knowledge, resources, and experience to build a strong case, file a claim, and successfully recover compensation for your family.

To schedule a free consultation with our legal team and seek justice for your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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