Claim for Child’s Car Crash Death Settled for Confidential Sum | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

What Happened

Another driver crashed into the car of our Virginia personal injury and wrongful death law firm client. The wreck killed our client’s infant son, and our client suffered serious injuries in the motor vehicle accident.


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Key Legal Strategy

Immediately after the injured and grieving mother hired our Virginia car accident lawyer, he filed lawsuits to recover compensation and damages for his client’s personal injuries and for her son’s wrongful death.

Evidence used to support the personal injury and wrongful death claims came from an interview with the state trooper who led the investigation into the crash, an independent investigation of the crash scene, numerous photographs of the wreck and an inspection of our client’s car. Filing the lawsuits allowed us to issue court-enforced subpoenas to obtain much of this crucial evidence, especially the information the insurance company would have tried to withhold.

Recognizing that the evidence against their policyholder gave our client a very good chance of winning both her lawsuits, the insurance company for the at-fault driver settled both cases months before any trial could begin. While the settlement agreements require us to keep the total amount paid confidential, we can say that both payments equaled the maximum that the insurance company could be obligated to pay under the at-fault driver’s policy.

No parent should ever see his or her child killed by a negligent or reckless driver. When irreversible tragedies occur on Virginia roads and highways, our wrongful death attorneys work hard to help family members hold the at-fault drivers accountable for needlessly taking lives.