There is nothing worse than losing a loved one to an untimely death, especially when it was brought about by another person’s negligence. If this has happened to you, our firm can help you bring a wrongful death claim against the liable party to hold them accountable for their actions. Please continue reading and speak with our Annapolis personal injury attorney to learn more about wrongful death claims and how our firm can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is classified as a wrongful death?
In Maryland, when someone loses his or her life as a result of another person’s negligent actions, it is considered wrongful death. To win a wrongful death claim, you will have to prove that had the decedent lived, he or she could have won a personal injury claim.
Who is permitted to bring a wrongful death claim in Maryland?
Unfortunately, not everyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one is permitted to bring a wrongful death claim in Maryland. Typically, the first party eligible to bring a wrongful death claim is the decedent’s spouse. However, if the decedent wasn’t married, the decedent’s parent or child may bring a wrongful death claim. If the decedent had no spouse, children, or parents, however, another relative who was financially dependent on the decedent may be able to bring a wrongful death claim.
What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?
As long as you can satisfy the burden of proof in your wrongful death claim, you may receive financial compensation to help you deal with the economic and non-economic damages you and your family have incurred as a result of the loss. The compensation you receive can help you with the following:
- The cost of medical treatment your loved one received before passing away
- Funeral costs
- The loss of companionship, protection, or guidance provided by your loved one
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- The cost of financial contributions your loved one would have made
We understand that the last thing anyone wants to do when faced with the untimely death of a loved one is get involved in the personal injury claims process, however, doing so now can help you and your family attain the justice and closure you deserve. Our Annapolis wrongful death lawyer will handle the legal aspect of your loss while you focus on what matters most, healing.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.