Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Fairfax, VA

Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence can be earth shattering. It leaves families with that feeling that they never got to say “goodbye.” It can lead to expensive medical bills and funeral expenses. It leaves children without parents and parents without children, and it can leave family members looking for a new way to make ends meet.


A Wrongful Death Law Firm That Cares

We can help. The Virginia wrongful death attorneys at David Marks Law are on your side and are ready to provide you with the answers to your questions and to try to give you some comfort in your time of need. Calling an attorney was probably not the first thing that you thought about, but the unexpected loss of a loved one can be compounded by the frustrations of dealing with the insurance company. If the adjuster keeps calling and asking for more and more documentation, you may want to get a wrongful death lawyer involved. You can send us a confidential message in the contact box below or call us at (703) 385-1100.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

By Virginia law, only certain classes of people can receive proceeds from a wrongful death settlement or verdict. The order of beneficiaries includes:

  1. surviving spouse;
  2. children of the deceased;
  3. children of a deceased child of the deceased;
  4. parents of the deceased;
  5. siblings of the deceased; and
  6. a dependent relative living in the same household.

What Losses are Compensable in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Damages in a Virginia wrongful death case are limited to the following categories:

  1. Sorrow, mental anguish, and solace, including: society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent;
  2. Compensation for reasonably expected loss of (a) income of the decedent and (b) services, protection, care and assistance provided by the decedent;
  3. Medical bills for the treatment received as a result of the injury prior to death;
  4. Funeral expenses; and
  5. Punitive damages may be recovered in Virginia in certain cases where there is willful or wanton conduct, or such recklessness as demonstrates a conscious disregard for the safety of others.

Types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

We accept cases in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. where the death was caused by someone else’s negligence. There can be a variety of causes of a wrongful death case, including:

  1. Car accidents
  2. Medical malpractice
  3. Tractor-trailer crashes
  4. Motorcycle crashes

We accept all of these cases and more. We know that a verdict or settlement will never bring your loved one back. But having a lawyer fight for you can provide you with some answers, a sense of justice and even closure.

To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at (703) 385-1100.

Personal Injury
Lawyers in Fairfax,

At David Marks Law, we are devoted to achieving the best possible result for our clients in each and every case. Whether that means reaching an early settlement with the insurance company or taking your auto accident case all the way through a jury trial, we work with our clients to understand their wants and needs and to implement a plan to achieve those goals.


We only take on cases we believe in and think we can win. Let us win for you.

No matter what you are going through, we are here to help. Timing is critical, so contact us as soon as possible to tell us what happened.


Law Offices of David L. Marks
10513 Judicial Drive, Suite 204
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-385-1983 fax

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