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Wrongful Death Cases

Cannella & O’Neal is one of Virginia’s most experienced wrongful death law firms, representing families for over 40 years. Just this year, Cannella & O’Neal achieved the largest reported wrongful death motor vehicle settlements in the State of Virginia history, resulting in a $12 million settlement for a very deserving family.

There is no greater tragedy than the needless death of a loved one.

At Cannella & O’Neal, we represent families who have suffered the tragic loss of a beloved family member as a result of someone else’s negligence or gross negligence. These are needless, wrongful deaths that would never have happened if the negligent party had just done the right thing to act safely and carefully to avoid the tragedy of destroying a family. The trial lawyers at Cannella & O’Neal have a proven track record of successfully pursuing and prosecuting wrongful death cases on behalf of their clients.

The Virginia Wrongful Death Statute, ‘8.01-53 of the Code of Virginia, provides for the award of damages to family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. Damages may include a monetary award for:

  • Sorrow and mental anguish
  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of services, care, and guidance
  • Punitive damages in the event of gross negligence


As you are thrown into the emotional turmoil of having lost a loved one, you have lots of questions, such as:

  • How do I pay for the funeral?
  • How does my family survive without the income and support of a spouse?
  • How do I deal with the tragic loss of a spouse or child?
  • How does this process work and who is entitled to recovery of damages?

You have questions, and we have answers that will provide you with comfort and guidance in your time of need.

Cannella and O’Neal — Your Guide

It is important to remember that in wrongful death cases, the at-fault party and/or their insurance company do not necessarily care about your loss, but they do care about their bottom line. They will start their investigation immediately to try to get the jump on an investigation that serves their interests, not yours. Despite your own grief and sorrow, don’t let the defendant’s insurance company try to take advantage of any delay on your part. By calling Cannella & O’Neal today, we will assemble a team of lawyers, paralegals, investigators, and experts who will promptly begin gathering the evidence needed to pursue a claim on behalf of you and your family. These are serious cases and deserve serious representation by an experienced Wrongful Death Attorney at Cannella & O’Neal.

Please note that as a service to those who have lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death, we have included a statute that designates the class of beneficiaries to receive compensation in a wrongful death case, located in our client resources section.

To find out if you have a case, call our office day or night, 7 days a week on our Personal Injury Hotline at (800) 843-4090 for an immediate response, or fill out our intake form, and we will respond with the answers you deserve within 24 hours. We will come to you, and there is no legal fee unless we win your case. Contact Cannella & O’Neal today for a free consultation to get the justice you deserve.


Our attorneys service a wide range of areas throughout the State of Virginia, including:

  • Richmond
  • Henrico
  • Chesterfield
  • Fredericksburg
  • Petersburg
  • Halifax
  • Portsmouth
  • Fairfax
  • Caroline County
  • Tappahannock
  • Buckingham County
  • Lynchburg