Maryland Wrongful Death Lawyers
Providing the Knowledgeable Counsel & Caring Support You Need
If you have lost a loved one in an accident that would otherwise have been prevented but for the negligence of another, you are likely feeling not only sorrow but also anger at the unfairness of the situation. Not only that, you have also been left saddled with hefty financial expenses that, plainly, you should not have to pay for. You want to spend time in peace grieving for the loss of your loved one, but these stressful matters are not allowing you to. Fortunately, an experienced Maryland wrongful death attorney can help.
The legal team at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical and funeral expenses, loss of wages and future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Have us represent you and we will apply our decades of legal experience to getting you the compensation you need to help take care of your financial issues so you can focus on healing.
For more information on our law firm and the services we provide, call (301) 812-4777.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Maryland?
The wrongful death statute in Maryland provides a list of people entitled to sue in case of a fatal accident. Generally, those closest to the decedent and/or most dependent on him or her are prioritized over others.
The rules are as follows:
- The primary beneficiaries to a wrongful death action include the spouse, parent, or child of a victim.
- If there are no primary beneficiaries living at the time of the decedent’s passing, second beneficiaries may file suit. These include blood or marriage relatives who were “substantially dependent” on the decedent.
- Non-dependent relatives who are neither primary beneficiaries nor secondary beneficiaries cannot recover under a wrongful death claim. However, they may recover under a survival action component.
Speak with a knowledgeable attorney to find out whether you qualify to recover damages under a wrongful death claim.
What Needs to Be Proven in a Wrongful Death Case?
The following four elements must be established by the claimant in a wrongful death case:
- A human being died;
- The death occurred due to the negligent or intentional actions of another;
- The claimant’s life has been adversely affected by the death; and
- The decedent’s estate has a representative.
Liability is perhaps the most important element in any civil claim case. An attorney can help you identify the liable party by conducting an investigation and collecting relevant evidence.
How Much Is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?
Compensation amounts are generally determined by the circumstances of the decedent’s life and the effects of his or her death on the lives of the claimants. Due to the nature of wrongful death cases, it is not uncommon for claimants to receive multimillion dollar settlement amounts.
In Maryland, there is no limit on how much economic damages one may recover; however, there is a cap on non-economic damages. As of October 1, 2018, the cap is $860,000. The cap is to be raised by $15,000 on the first of October every successive year.
These include financial damages incurred directly from the fatal incident and the loss of future financial contributions by the victim. The various economic damages are as follows:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of victim’s wages
- Loss of victim’s benefits, such as pension or healthcare coverage
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of goods and services the victim would have provided if still alive
Non-economic damages include less tangible losses concerning social and emotional needs. They are often met with larger rewards. Forms of non-economic damages include the following:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of care, protection, guidance, advice, training, and nurturing
- Loss of love, society, and companionship
- Loss of consortium
In Maryland, punitive damages are rewarded only in cases where the defendant’s conduct was malicious, “in the sense of conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, evil or wrongful motive, intent to injure, ill will, or fraud,” according to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Clear and indisputable evidence must be established before a claimant can collect on this type of damage. In the state of Maryland it is very rare for a jury to award punitive damages.
Wrongful Death of a Child
If you have suffered the truly irreparable loss that is the loss of a child, there is no greater pain. The tragedy has completely disrupted your life. You can’t think about or focus on anything. And though you want justice against the party responsible for your child’s death, you simply have neither the energy nor the will to pursue a lawsuit. Dealing with legalities is the last thing you want to do.
The compassionate attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe understand your reasons for not wanting to file a wrongful death claim. That is why we are offering to handle your legal matters in your stead so you can get the compensation you need to push all else aside and focus on mourning the loss of your child.
We can take on cases involving:
- Vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Daycare and school accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability accidents
- Defective and dangerous products
- Violent acts
Offices Conveniently Located in Bowie, Frederick, Prince Frederick, Waldorf & Lexington Park
Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s accident, our Maryland wrongful death lawyers can utilize accident reconstruction specialists, eyewitness reports, and material evidence to build a strong case on behalf of your family. With five offices located conveniently across Maryland, you can come to our offices for a free consultation, or we can come to you.
Contact us online or at (301) 812-4777 for caring and knowledgeable insight.
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