Because of a drunk driver, a spouse can lose a partner, a child can lose a parent, and our community can lose a valued member. At the Warner Law Offices, in Charleston, West Virginia, our lawyers take drunk driving very seriously. No one would want to be in the shoes of a drunk driver who has to face us in a wrongful death case.
While drunk drivers face criminal penalties in West Virginia, the criminal justice system usually does very little for the victims of drunk drivers. In our civil justice system, however, the drunk driver can be held financially responsible for the damage he or she causes. Family members of the victim can seek compensation for:
- Sorrow and mental anguish
- Loss of society, companionship, comfort and guidance
- Loss of income of the decedent
- Loss of services provided by the decedent
- Hospital expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Other damages caused by the death
West Virginia courts may also award punitive damages to address the reckless behavior of someone who chooses to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The drunk driver cannot avoid the financial consequences by filing bankruptcy.
Our lawyers will seek the maximum compensation for your family. We charge no attorney fees until and unless we are successful in recovering compensation from the drunk driver and/or his or her insurance company.
Our attorneys will guide you through the legal steps of filing a wrongful death claim, including the naming of a personal administrator to represent the estate of your deceased family member.
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For more information about your rights following the loss of a family member in a fatal drunk driving accident, send us an email or call 304-881-0641 or 866-617-0522.