If you’ve lost a loved one unexpectedly in a preventable manner, you know just how devastating the situation can be and how challenging it can be to move forward. When that happens, West Virginia law allows the surviving family members to come forward to seek compensation and justice for what happened with a wrongful death claim. However, the facts revolving around the death affect the type of claim that gets filed. Depending on the circumstances, it’s possible a manslaughter charge could be made. It’s important to understand the difference between the two, so you can give your family the best chance at a secure and stable future.