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Gloucester County, Virginia, is home to more than 37,000 people. Nestled between the York River and Mobjack Bay, our major highways include U.S. Route 17, and State Routes 3, 14, 33, 198, 216, and 374.

Our county’s hometown heroes include Pocahontas, the Native American princess who helped the first English settlers survive; the Augustine Warners, George Washington’s maternal grandparents and ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II; T.C. Walker, our county’s first African-American lawyer who promoted educational opportunities and land ownership for all; Walter Reed, the Army physician who discovered the cause and cure for yellow fever; Robert R. Moton, retired president of the Tuskegee Institute who founded what’s now The Gloucester Institute; and many others.

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Hayes is the area of Gloucester where our law office is located. We live in other parts of Gloucester County. Our firm handles personal injury and wrongful death claims, and we pride ourselves on treating our clients like the neighbors they are.

If you’ve lost a loved one in Virginia, call us at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys for a free meeting and case evaluation at (804) 413-6777.

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What is a wrongful death?

In Virginia, wrongful death is defined as a death “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another person or company. In short, a wrongful death lawsuit is the same as a personal injury lawsuit, except that the victim has died.

Virginia allows the following individuals to file a wrongful death claim:

  • The deceased’s surviving spouse, children, or grandchildren,
  • The deceased’s surviving parents, siblings, or a relative who was dependent on the deceased, and
  • Surviving family members who are entitled to inherit the estate of the deceased.

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How long do you have to file a claim?

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Virginia is generally two years from the date of death, but some factors can speed the deadline up. The sooner you can talk to a Gloucester County personal injury lawyer, the better. A complicating factor to the statute of limitations is that someone has to be appointed – in Virginia -- to act as the personal representative of the decedent’s estate.

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What kind of compensation can you get?

For the untimely loss of a loved one, you may be able to ask the guilty party for the following damages:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills the deceased had before death
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
  • Mental anguish and sorrow of the family
  • Loss of future income for the family
  • Loss of future benefits, such as healthcare and retirement, for the family
  • Loss of services the deceased performed, such as childcare, household repairs, budgeting, and more.

The court may also award you punitive damages if the death was the result of a willful act, like the guilty person choosing to drink and drive.

Contact an experienced Gloucester County wrongful death attorney. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you and your family have plenty to deal with. Our compassionate team at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can take care of your legal issues while you grieve and begin putting your life back together. Call us at (804) 413-6777 for a free consultation. We can help.

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Community Service

Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.