There may be nothing as tragic and unexpected as losing a child in a car accident. As an experienced fatal collision lawyer, Mr. Robinette has the skills and experience to help you through this most difficult time.
What help is available to parents who have lost a child in a Fatal Car Accident?
No parent of a healthy child expects that their child will precede them in death. Vehicle crashes are among the most unanticipated of deaths, most often happening on a normal day under normal circumstances. Every parent expects their child to return home after an evening out with friends. There are few traumas as great as getting the call or visit to inform you of the worst news of your life. Sadly, my own family received such a call when my sister was involved in a fatal collision thirty years ago.
Due to the nature of my work as a West Virginia car accident lawyer, I have frequently counseled parents after receiving this most horrific news. Unfortunately, there are legal issues that need to be dealt with after any major collision, especially those where serious injuries and death have resulted.
Few can really understand the pain you are experiencing, and when people try to minimize it, the hurt only increases. We realize that for each person killed, parents, siblings, teachers, and friends find their lives forever changed by what has happened.
The families of those children who are fatally injured are left to pick up the pieces of their damaged lives and start over again. It is our goal to provide the surviving family members with essential information to enable them to move forward after unspeakable loss and maximize their efforts to rebuild their lives.
Those families who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, truck wrecks, and motorcycle collisions have legal remedies to help with the financial aspects of their great loss through collision and wrongful death claims.
In West Virginia, surviving family members may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Funeral Expenses
- Lost wages the deceased would have earned
- Emotional trauma suffered by family members
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Loss of family and household services
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death
You don’t have to navigate the legal process alone. We will do everything we can to help you obtain the financial relief you need and deserve.
What Is “Wrongful Death” Under West Virginia Law?
Death, no matter the cause, is a sensitive topic for most people. Whether any particular death is “wrongful” in the eyes of the law will primarily depend on the reason the death occurred. All “wrongful” deaths have this fact in common: they are all premature deaths. But, not all premature deaths are wrongful. Let me explain further.
If a disease, such as cancer or a birth defect, causes the premature death of an individual and assuming all medical assistance was properly administered in a timely manner, then such individual’s premature death will not be considered a wrongful death in the eyes of the law. Similarly, if the natural aging process is the reason an individual’s health declines, and they die, then their death is not considered premature or “wrongful” in the eyes of the law either. But if an individual is fatally injured at any stage of their life by the negligent acts of another person, that individual’s death is both premature and wrongful. So, the death of an individual is “wrongful” when their death was a result of the negligent conduct of another person or company.
Quote from beside Still Waters, WV Fatal Injury Guide by Jeff Robinette. Click here for the e-book version.
West Virginia Fatal Accident Attorneys
We have the skill and resources to handle cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. If you have been seriously injured, an experienced car accident lawyer will carefully assess the full extent of the damage and how it will affect you today and in the future. We take everything into account, including your need for ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and other needs.
For families that have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, we apply the same thorough approach. We will help you pursue compensation for lost earnings, loss of companionship, emotional pain and suffering, and other damages. We are committed to helping you obtain the resources you need to make it through this difficult time.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
Contact us to learn how we can help you recover full and fair money damages for your head-on accident injuries and financial losses. From our offices in Morgantown, we represent clients in car accidents and motor vehicle injury cases throughout West Virginia.
Questions? Call today for a free consultation:304-594-1800.
Robinette Legal Group PLLC
211 Everhart Dr, Ste 200
Morgantown, WV 26508
Resources for You:
Family Life, ”Help for those Grieving the Loss of a Child,” a list of resources for you
Focus on the Family, “How to help your child grieve,”