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West Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys Represent Grieving Families

Helping you get justice and compensation after the loss of a loved one

Nothing a personal injury attorney does will bring your loved one back. The team at Prim Law Firm, PLLC understands this. We work to get justice for your family and to hold the responsible person or company accountable for the devastation and pain their negligence caused. Our attorneys treat West Virginia families with compassion and personalized attention. Whether your loved one was killed in an accident, through malpractice or due to exposure to asbestos, we will do everything possible to help.

Understanding West Virginia’s wrongful death statute

West Virginia allows the family of a deceased person to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in any situation where the deceased could have brought a personal injury lawsuit had the injuries not been fatal. Typically, accidental death claims are pursued in relation to fatal car accidents, deadly medical malpractice and fatal falls. Some of the most important points of the law are:

  • Parties allowed to bring a claim. Only the personal representative of the decedent (deceased person) may bring a wrongful death claim. This person is usually the executor of the will or the administrator of the estate. Damages recovered in the suit will be split between close family members and other dependents.
  • Damages. The jury can award any damages they think are fair. Typically, this includes compensation for anguish, sorrow, solace, loss of income, medical expenses and burial costs. The jury can award money for other reasons as well and can also choose the amounts which each family member will receive.
  • Time limits. A wrongful death action must be brought within two years of the date of death to comply with West Virginia’s statute of limitations.

Our attorneys help families understand these legal requirements and other points of law and legal procedure that apply in their cases. We gather evidence and build a case to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s fatal injuries.

Getting justice for victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer

Asbestos is the name of a group of fibrous building materials that are known to cause cancer, including a rare form called mesothelioma. This disease is almost always linked to asbestos exposure. Illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos can take decades to develop. In some cases, victims experience no symptoms for 30 or 40 years. Because of the delay between exposure and death, it can be difficult to prove where and when the exposure happened. By compiling a database of local employers, asbestos suppliers and cases of mesothelioma, our attorneys have been able to prove where and when our clients’ exposure took place.

Mesothelioma has no cure and can be caused by even a minor exposure. If you have been diagnosed, you should seek the help of an attorney immediately. For families who have already lost a loved one, our firm files wrongful death suits and workers’ compensation claims. In some cases, funds established by defendants already exist to pay new claimants. Regardless of when your loved one’s exposure occurred, we will work to get your family justice.

Allow our wrongful death attorneys to help you in your time of need

Brian Allen Prim and the other attorneys at Prim Law Firm, PLLC have extensive experience helping families who have lost a loved one due to negligence or exposure to asbestos. Our attorneys treat each client with the respect and compassion they deserve. To schedule a free meeting with one of our dedicated attorneys, call 304-201-2425 or contact us online.

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