Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit to Enter Second Trial

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2014

January 2, 2014

When a person is killed as the result of another’s negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation from the party responsible through civil litigation. The Roanoke Wrongful Death Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain that a second trial will be held in connection with a wrongful death case recently heard in a Franklin County courtroom.

According to an article from NewsPlex, the case stems from the death of a Rocky Mount, Virginia, firefighter killed in a crash that occurred in 2010. Reports indicate the defendant was driving a vehicle that collided with a fire truck as it was responding to a call. The impact of the collision claimed the life of one of the firemen aboard the vehicle.

The victim’s family sued the driver of the SUV, claiming the driver’s negligence was responsible for the loss of their loved one. In Sept. 2013, a jury agreed. But a second trial was ordered by the judge due to his failure to hear all evidence and testimony in the case. The second trial will not focus on guilt or innocence, but instead on the amount in damages the defendant should pay.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the family of the victim.