Wrongful Death Laws in Maryland
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If your loved one passed away because of another person’s actions, you may be experiencing both emotional and financial distress. Wrongful death claims recognize that the loss you suffered is unjust. Learning more about whether a wrongful death claim is right for you may allow you to get on with your life, financially, and allow you to focus on healing financially.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Maryland?
A wrongful death lawsuit attempts to right the wrong, financially, that resulted in the death of a loved one. If your loved one passed away due to the wrongful act of another, you may have standing to sue for your loss.
Maryland’s wrongful death claim statute attempts to put you in the position of having never lost your loved one. While this may be an impossible task, recovering financially may help ease some of the burdens you may be facing after losing your loved one.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?
Under Maryland law, all of the decedent’s beneficiaries are entitled to sue. However, the caveat to this is that all of the decedent’s beneficiaries must be included in the suit in order for the claim to be valid. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your claim incorporates all of the potential beneficiaries.
If one or more of the decedent’s beneficiaries is not willing to be included in the lawsuit, this may complicate things. Speaking with an experienced wrongful death attorney may help you determine what the best course of action is if this is the situation you are in.
What Damages Are Available in a Maryland Wrongful Death Claim?
The damages awarded in a wrongful death action are for the benefit of the surviving spouse, parent, and child of the decedent. Maryland recognizes that these surviving loved ones have suffered a loss that is both emotional and financial.
The damages these family members may recover for include any financial loss the family has experienced as a result of their loved one passing away, and may also include the less tangible loss of companionship, comfort, and care they received from their loved one.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?
In most cases, Maryland requires a wrongful death action to be brought within three years from the date of death. While three years may seem like a long time, life after losing a loved one may seem to move at a different speed. You may find yourself incredibly busy and may accidentally miss the three year deadline.
Additionally, evidence in a wrongful death case may weaken over time. Memories can fade, evidence can be lost or accidentally destroyed, both of which may result in a substantially weaker claim. Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.
How Can I Learn More?
At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped thousands nationwide get their lives back on track after losing a loved one. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your loss.
Our firm also believes that you should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation while grieving. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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