Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
Morgantown Wrongful Death Attorneys
Representing Victims & Their Families Following a Wrongful Death
The emotional toll of a workplace accident affects families as well as individuals. Such an incident can result in serious mental and emotional turmoil, but those feelings pale in comparison to when the worst happens: an accident resulting in death.
A death in the family is difficult enough. You shouldn’t have to deal with added financial strain if a member of your family was killed in a workplace accident in Morgantown—call our seasoned wrongful death attorneys for help.
Initial consultations for wrongful death cases are offered at no charge at Shaffer Madia Law. Call our Morgantown wrongful death lawyers today at (304) 244-4433 or contact us online.
How a Wrongful Death Claim Works
To bring a wrongful death action is to file suit or make a formal complaint about a wrongful death. The West Virginia wrongful death statute states that wrongful death actions may be brought for any sort of incident or accident that could have resulted in a personal injury claim if the injured person had not died.
However, it's important to keep in mind the time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. The West Virginia wrongful death statute of limitations states that wrongful death actions must be brought within two years of the death in question, otherwise you run the risk of having your claim dismissed by the courts.
How to Win a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In order to win a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the responsible party owed the deceased individual a duty of care, and that their failure to uphold that duty directly led to the individual's death.
Distributing a Wrongful Death Settlement
A personal representative of the deceased brings the action and will receive the money recovered in the wrongful death action. The court or jury will determine how the money will be distributed to surviving family members. If the deceased had no survivors, the money will generally go to those people remembered in the decedent’s will.
Types of Accidents
At Shaffer Madia Law, we have litigated more than fifty cases involving wrongful death claims.
We handle fatal injury cases resulting from various types of incidents:
- Natural gas well site explosions
- Drilling and flow back incidents
- Exposure to toxic hydrocarbon vapors
- Tractor/trailer incidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Incidents at coal mines and coal preparation plants
- Construction site incidents
- Other heavy equipment incidents
We know this is a difficult time for you and for your family. If you are dealing with the sudden death of a loved one due to a workplace accident, we want you to know that Shaffer Madia Law cares. We handle our clients’ cases like they are our own family.
Let our experience with these complex lawsuits work to your family’s advantage. With our knowledge of insurance, workplace hazards, and accidents, our wrongful death lawyers in Morgantown and Clarksburg can recover the funds that can help give you peace of mind during this sorrowful stage of life.
Find a compassionate and experienced advocate with our wrongful death attorneys in Morgantown. Reach out to Shaffer Madia Law at (304) 244-4433.
60 Years of Combined Experience
Resolved 135+ Lawsuits Involving Serious & Fatal Job Site Injuries
Resolved a Variety of Wrongful Death & Serious Injury Cases
Strong Track Record of Successful Verdicts & Settlements
Successfully Represented Numerous Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sam Madia Was a Former Trucking Attorney
Joe Shaffer Was Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney for Two Decades
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