Q What about punitive damages in wrongful death cases?
AIf the loved one was killed because of particularly outrageous behavior by the wrongdoer (what the law calls "willful or wanton" behavior or such "recklessness as evinces a conscious disregard for the safety of others"), the law also allows beneficiaries to recover punitive damages against the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer for his outrageous, dangerous behavior.
Identifying the members of the class of beneficiaries, determining how to prove the losses of each beneficiary, and assessing whether there may be punitive damages because of the behavior of the wrongdoer(s) are very important legal issues in wrongful death cases in Virginia. Consult an experienced Virginia law firm such as Rohrstaff Law Firm before speaking to the insurance company for the wrongdoer. Our phone number is 703-260-6070. You can also contact us through our website or by emailing [email protected].