Wrongful death is preventable with due care and responsibility. Most injury-related deaths occur due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness or malicious intent to harm. If someone else caused your loved one’s death, you have legal options in West Virginia. Bringing a wrongful death claim could give you closure, a sense of justice and financial compensation to see your family through this difficult time. Find out how much a West Virginia wrongful death lawyer might cost you, and why paying for legal representation could be in your best interest.

Typical Fee Schedule for a Wrongful Death Lawyer

Most wrongful death lawyers make their fees affordable for clients by working on contingency. A contingency-fee based law firm has lawyers who do not charge any money upfront for their services. You will not have to pay a retainer or down payment to initiate the lawyer’s services. You will not pay for the lawyer’s services hourly, regardless of the outcome of your case. Instead, you will only pay attorney’s fees at the end of your case, and only if your lawyer succeeds in obtaining your family a compensatory award.

Contingency fees work by paying the attorney out of a portion of the settlement or jury verdict won. If your lawyer does not win your case, you will not owe any money in legal fees – even if your lawyer spent days or weeks on the case. If you do win a financial award, you will pay your lawyer a pre-arranged percentage of the total sum obtained. This percentage changes depending on the firm and the case. If your attorney obtains $100,000 in compensation for your family and charges a 33% rate, for example, you will pay the lawyer $33,000 at the completion of your wrongful death case.

How Do I Choose a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Each lawyer, law firm and case is unique. It is important to hire a lawyer you feel comfortable with. Your lawyer should give you information about how much you will pay upfront before you sign anything. You should not have to deal with any hidden fees or unexpected costs. Look for a few key things before choosing your wrongful death lawyer.

  • Experience in wrongful death law
  • A passion for helping families in West Virginia
  • Local knowledge and expertise
  • Conveniently located law offices
  • Affordable and reasonable rates
  • A track record of successful cases
  • Positive past client testimonials
  • The ability to go to trial

Schedule free consultations with a few top choices to search for an honest, friendly and straightforward attorney to represent your family during a wrongful death claim in West Virginia. You should fully understand what the lawyer will cost to hire, including any court filing fees, processing fees, witness fees and more from the beginning. The attorney you choose should make you feel confident in his or her abilities.

Benefits of Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer for Your Claim

It is an unfortunate truth that insurance companies, claims adjusters and even the civil justice system generally do not work in a plaintiff’s favor. Going up against a powerful company, such as an employer, product manufacturer or trucking company, can be difficult without a lawyer representing you. A case against an individual can also be confusing and difficult to win on your own. If you hire an attorney, on the other hand, you can reap many benefits during your case.

Hiring a lawyer can help you maximize compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death. Rather than accepting a lowball settlement offer from an insurance company, your lawyer can assist you with claim negotiations for a better amount. Your lawyer can also take your wrongful death claim to court in West Virginia if that is what it takes to achieve top results. An injury attorney can take care of investigations, evidence collection, eyewitness interviews, claims processing and compensation negotiations on your behalf. You can focus on healing with your family while your lawyer takes care of the rest.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


  • Had a easy and smooth experience with a great attorney so when you go there make sure you ask for Taylor.


  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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