Nothing is worse than losing a loved one to an untimely death. This pain can be further exacerbated if your loved one’s death came as a result of another party’s negligence. If you would like to bring a wrongful death claim against the liable party to hold them accountable for their conduct, our firm can help you. Please read on and speak with our Annapolis personal injury attorney to learn what you should know about wrongful death claims in Maryland, as well as how our firm can assist you.
In the state of Maryland, someone losing his or her life due to another person’s negligent actions constitutes a wrongful death. In order to satisfy the state’s burden of proof and receive compensation, you will need to prove that had your loved one, i.e. the decedent, survived the incident, he or she could have won a personal injury claim.
It is an unfortunate reality that just being affected by the loss of a loved one is not enough to permit you to pursue a wrongful death claim in Maryland. The decedent’s spouse is typically the first party eligible to bring a wrongful death claim, but if the decedent was not married, his or her parents or children may file a wrongful death claim. In the event that the decedent had no spouse, children or parents, a relative who was financially dependent on the decedent may be able to bring a wrongful death claim.
You may receive financial compensation to help you manage the economic and non-economic damages you and your family incurred as a result of the loss, so long as you can satisfy the burden of proof. The damages you receive can be used for 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
Understandably, getting involved in the personal injury claims process so soon after the untimely death of a loved one is the furthest thing from your mind. Nonetheless, initiating the process now can help you and your family attain the measure of justice and closure you deserve. Our Annapolis wrongful death lawyer will deal with the legal work, so you can concentrate on the difficult task of healing.
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.