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Bringing recovery to grieving families in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Hampton Roads

The death of a loved one is devastating, and made even more so if it could have been prevented. At the W. Ware Morrison Law Group, our compassionate attorneys can help you hold the responsible parties accountable in a wrongful death suit to get compensation for your financial and emotional losses. We understand you are going through a difficult time and work diligently to make sure the legal process is not yet another burden for you to shoulder.

"I am very pleased with Ware Morrison's representation of me both in court and in out of court meetings..."

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Over 40 years of experience on your side

What is a wrongful death claim?

Under Virginia law, a wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. A wrongful death claim allows the family of the victim to obtain damages from the responsible parties. The goal is to provide compensation to family members, such as spouses and children, who relied on the deceased for financial and emotional support.


For instance, the family of a motorcyclist struck and killed by a distracted driver would likely be entitled to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. Other accidents that may give rise to a wrongful death claim include car crashes, trucking collisions and injuries caused by dangerous products.

Recovering compensation after a tragic loss

Only certain family members can file a Virginia wrongful death claim. The victim’s surviving spouse and children are generally first in line to recover. If no such relatives exist, the victim’s parents, brothers and sisters are entitled to damages. Under Virginia law, the deceased’s personal representative must file one lawsuit on behalf of all of the potential beneficiaries.


The following damages are recoverable in a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Sorrow, mental anguish and solace, which may include society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent

  • Compensation for reasonably expected loss of income of the decedent and services, protection, care and assistance provided by the decedent

  • Expenses for the care, treatment and hospitalization of the decedent following the injury and prior to death

  • Reasonable funeral expenses

  • Punitive damages may be recovered for willful or wanton conduct, or recklessness evidenced by a conscious disregard for the safety of others

Calculating and proving damages in a wrongful death claim can be difficult. To ensure that you and your family are fully compensated for your losses, you need a qualified lawyer on your side. We use proven experts to determine the full value of your claim and work aggressively to obtain the compensation you deserve, whether through settlement negotiation or litigation.

When faced with the death of a loved one, your legal rights may not be a primary concern. However, Virginia’s statute of limitations requires that a wrongful death action be filed within two years of the date of death. To ensure you do not forfeit your right to compensation, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact a trusted Virginia Beach wrongful death attorney to start your claim


After the tragic death of a loved one, the W. Ware Morrison Law Group can help you seek justice. Call our office today at 757.401.4378 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. From our office in Virginia Beach, we also serve the surrounding communities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton Roads.

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