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I am stricken with emotion as I read the most recent story about the Mise family relating to the wreck on October 20, 2009 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This family of six endured a horrible loss on Tuesday. As a member of a large family, I know how hard it is to raise that many children with two parents. I can only imagine how difficult Mr. Mise’s job will be in the upcoming months and years as he raises these children all on his own.

In a wrongful death case such as this one it is important that the family choose a knowledgable law firm to protect their interests. In order to handle all the details of the Estate, someone must qualify to serve as an administrator of the estate. In the event that the family decides to hire an attorney they should look for someone who is familiar with all of the requirements of a wrongful death case in Virginia and specifically familiar with practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Given that the Mise family is not local to Virginia Beach, it will benefit them to hire an attorney that is located in Virginia Beach. Following a wreck such as this one, there is a lot of evidence out there which needs to be collected. It is important that the evidence is preserved in a timely fashion. There were witnesses to the wreck who should be interviewed as well as officers who have information about the crash.

It angers me when I continue to read articles about the lack of seatbelt on behalf of the mother and child. What many people don’t realize is that this fact is inadmissible in a courtroom and really has no relevance to fault. I also read that the young daughter was ejected despite the fact that she was in a car seat. This causes me to ask if there was a problem with her car seat, perhaps a manufacturing defect. There are a lot of unanswered questions right now. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mise family as they deal with this loss.

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