One of the worst personal injury cases that we see are those related to wrongful death. Grieving families come to us on behalf of their loved one who passed away far before their time. Wrongful death can be categorized by a person who was killed due to the negligence of another person. If the person had not passed away as a result of the action, the other party would be held liable for committing an illegal act. One final qualification for a valid wrongful death case is that the individual who passed away had dependents who relied on them for financial support and are now facing a financial loss because of their death.
It is important to note that only certain family members are permitted to bring a wrongful death claim in Maryland. The individuals who are permitted to bring a claim include the deceased party’s spouse, parent, or child. However, if no one is available, another relative that was financially dependent on the party may be permitted to file. When a loved one brings a wrongful death lawsuit, they can try to recover compensation for a number of different reasons. This compensation may include money that covers the cost of the funeral, the medical expenses associated with the end of the deceased person’s life, the pain and suffering for the deceased person, and any lost interest. If the deceased person had any inheritance for the surviving children that was lost, they can request damages for that as well.
If you choose to bring a wrongful death claim, you must do so within three years of the date of the death. However, if the death occurred as a result of an occupational disease, it can be up to 10 years. If your loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another party, it is important that you consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can provide you with assistance.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. We also represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.