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WV Wrongful Death Attorneys and Serious Injury Lawyers

When a person is injured or killed as a result of the carelessness of another, the law allows the victim, or the victim's family, to bring a claim seeking compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income, and other damages. In recognition of the trauma caused by these incidents, the law also allows compensation for the pain and anguish that accompany the injury or death. To recover the full benefits to which you are entitled under West Virginia (WV) law, it is wise to consult with WV wrongful death attorneys or serious injury lawyers.

How WV Wrongful Death Attorneys or Serious Injury Lawyers Can Help

The process for obtaining compensation for serious injuries or wrongful death can be quite complex. Failing to take the right steps at the appropriate time can be costly. Attorneys with experience in wrongful death and serious injury in WV can help you navigate the legal process, adhere to the WV wrongful death statute of limitations, and receive the compensation you and your family deserve.


What Warrants a Serious Injury Claim or a WV Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

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Common cases of serious injury in WV involve personal injuries from automobile wrecks, medical malpractice, or dangerous products. When a person dies as a result of such an incident, the executor or administrator of an estate may bring a WV wrongful death lawsuit against the party (or parties) whose wrongful action or negligence caused the death.


A WV wrongful death lawsuit or serious injury claim is a civil action. While criminal charges might be filed by the state to punish the responsible party or parties for their actions, the purpose of the civil suit is to compensate the victim or the victim’s family.  


Who Can File a WV Wrongful Death Lawsuit or Serious Injury Claim?

Serious injury claims can be filed by the injured party or a legal representative of that person if he or she is incapacitated or under the age of 18. If the injury results in death, either before or after a suit is filed, the case becomes a WV wrongful death lawsuit.


In wrongful death cases, the lawsuit is filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. However, various surviving family members can be compensated for the loss of a loved one, including the surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, and any financial dependents of the deceased.


The WV Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

In most cases of wrongful death or serious injury in WV, the statute of limitations is two years. If the death involved the fault of a nursing home, the statute of limitations is only one year. Keep in mind, however, that lawyers need time to investigate and prepare cases before filing suit. Moreover, winning cases usually requires prompt efforts to investigate the injury or death. Injured persons or affected families should seek legal advice as early as possible and should never wait until the end of the two-year time period to contact serious injury lawyers or WV wrongful death attorneys.


What Compensation Is Available for Claims of Wrongful Death or Serious Injury in WV?

Anyone who has suffered a serious personal injury or who has had a loved one suffer a serious personal injury or death knows that the loss is not limited to medical expenses and income alone. The injured person not only suffers from the pain of the personal injury, he or she also endures an injury to the quality of life as well as depression and other emotional injuries. Serious personal injuries can devastate both the injured person and his or her family. Likewise, in wrongful death cases, families suffer from multiple losses, including companionship and income.


In a WV wrongful death lawsuit or serious injury claim, damages can be awarded for the following:


·         Lost wages, income, or benefits;

·         Damages or lost property;

·         Lost “services, protection, care, and assistance[;]”

·         Medical costs and bills related to the incident;

·         Funeral and burial expenses;

·         Pain and suffering, mental anguish, or emotional distress; and

·         Loss of companionship.


Contact the WV Wrongful Death Attorneys and Serious Injury Lawyers of Allan N. Karlin & Associates

The WV wrongful death attorneys and serious injury lawyers of Allan N. Karlin & Associates PLLC in Morgantown, WV can help you and your family receive the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled after suffering such a devastating loss. Contact our law firm to learn more by calling 304-296-8266 or toll-free at 800-540-2159. You may also request a consultation by completing this online contact form.