Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act is a devastating experience that can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed. In Maryland, like in most states, there are legal remedies available to surviving family members to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. One such remedy is filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil actions filed on behalf of the deceased person by their surviving family members or estate. These lawsuits seek compensation for the losses and damages incurred as a result of the person’s death. In Maryland, the specific individuals who are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit are defined by state law.
Under Maryland law, the following individuals may file a wrongful death lawsuit:
Surviving spouse, parents, or children of the deceased
If the deceased person had a surviving spouse, children, or parents, any of these individuals can file a wrongful death lawsuit. If the deceased had multiple children, all children must join the lawsuit as plaintiffs, unless one child is appointed as the representative of the others.
Personal representative of the deceased’s estate
If the deceased person did not have a surviving spouse, children, or parents, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative is typically named in the deceased person’s will, or appointed by the court if there is no will.
Other individuals in certain limited circumstances
In certain limited circumstances, other individuals may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland. For example, if the deceased person was a minor and had no surviving spouse, children, or parents, a guardian or next of kin may file the lawsuit. Additionally, if the deceased person was financially supporting another person at the time of their death, that person may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
It is important to note that there is a statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland. The lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the person’s death, or it will be barred by law.
If you believe you may have a wrongful death case in Maryland, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A wrongful death lawsuit can help provide the financial compensation and closure you and your family need to move forward after a tragic loss.
In addition to determining who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit, Maryland law also outlines the types of damages that may be awarded in these cases. Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost income and financial support, loss of companionship and consortium, and pain and suffering.
To successfully pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of the person’s death. This can be a complex process that requires a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding the person’s death. An experienced attorney can help gather evidence and build a strong case on behalf of the plaintiff.
If you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland, it is important to choose an attorney with experience in this area of law. Look for a lawyer who has a track record of success in handling wrongful death cases and who is committed to advocating for your rights and interests.
The loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience, and a wrongful death lawsuit can be a way for surviving family members to seek justice and financial compensation for their loss. In Maryland, the eligible individuals who can file a wrongful death lawsuit are the surviving spouse, parents, or children of the deceased, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, or other individuals in certain limited circumstances. If you believe you have a wrongful death case, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to determine your legal options and protect your rights.
Alpert Schreyer, LLC is a law firm with extensive experience in handling wrongful death cases in Maryland. Our attorneys understand the pain and suffering that comes with losing a loved one, and we are committed to helping our clients seek justice and financial compensation for their loss.
Our team of attorneys has a deep understanding of Maryland wrongful death law and the legal strategies needed to build a strong case. We work closely with our clients to gather evidence, conduct investigations, and build a case that supports their legal claims.
We understand that every wrongful death case is unique and requires a personalized approach. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your individual circumstances, listen to your concerns, and provide guidance and support throughout the legal process.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we are dedicated to advocating for our clients and holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case, whether that involves negotiating a settlement or taking the case to trial.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional act in Maryland, Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.