Wrongful death laws exist in all fifty states and vary in form. Generally, they provide an avenue for a decedent's beneficiaries to make a recovery for a death that was caused by the wrongful act of another. Examples of wrongful deaths are those caused by drunk drivers, aircraft and boating accidents which occur as a result of negligence, the manufacture of defective or dangerous products, or mistakes committed by healthcare professionals.
Damages available to beneficiaries in wrongful death cases vary from state to state. Typically, beneficiaries can recover for pain, suffering, loss of society, loss of future earnings and punitive damages as well as for the decedents own pain and suffering.
Mr. Shoemaker has over 15 years of experience as a trial attorney and is a partner in the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. ("PWHD"), based in Virginia. Mr. Shoemaker, his partners and associates are available for representation nationwide. If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone's negligent or wrongful conduct, contact us online or call us, toll free, at 1-888-611-4599 or 757-223-4560. One of our paralegals will review the facts of your case with you and then Mr. Shoemaker will call you and discuss your case with you free of charge.