Baltimore Wrongful Death Lawyers: Bringing a Wrongful Death Suit in MarylandNovember 20, 2013
In Maryland, the family of someone killed in a negligence-related accident can bring a wrongful death suit against the at-fault party. This civil legal action allows the surviving family members financial compensation for expenses and anticipated losses following the loss of a loved one.
Family members — such as spouses, parents or children — can file a wrongful death suit. They may be able to make claims for the following:
- Medical expenses following the accident
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Arriving at figures for economic expenses and losses, such as medical bills that accrued before the person died and estimated income that the person would have contributed, is fairly straightforward. Calculating non-pecuniary damages is more complex. There is no way to put a price tag on the emotional and social support provided by a parent or spouse, but a skilled attorney can help you arrive at a realistic figure to fairly represent these kinds of losses.
Wrongful death cases are also subject to a statute of limitations and there are award caps for various types of claims. We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one in a fatal accident that could have been prevented. That’s why our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. do everything possible to help the survivors recover the maximum damages in their wrongful death suit so they can move forward with their lives.