One of my very recent cases illustrates one of the most rewarding aspects of helping families when they tragically lose a beloved family member who has been taken from them as a result of another person’s negligence, or the negligence of a business or a health care provider. And that is that it presents the opportunity and necessity to develop close relationships with the survivors, which results in an understanding and appreciation of the depth and richness of their relationships, the love and need that they have for each other, and the irreparable harm which they have suffered. It also is personally gratifying to support them in their grieving and to fight hard for some form of justice, incomplete though it may be, since there are no magic wands to wave, and no price that can be placed on a human life.

My recent case involved a close-knit West Virginia family whose patriarch was needlessly killed by a careless tractor trailer driver traversing a mountain road in Virginia. An award of compensation was the only remedy available in our courts for this type of wrong, and we were very fortunate to obtain a multi-million-dollar recovery for the family.