There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one. But, when the death occurs suddenly, it can be even more jarring. When wrongful death accidents occur, it can be especially hard on the family members of the victim. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Read on to learn more.
What is a wrongful death claim?
When someone is killed due to another party’s negligence, it is known as wrongful death. The most common ways for wrongful death accidents to occur are through auto accidents, product liability accidents, and medical negligence.
Am I eligible to file a wrongful death claim?
When someone passes away, many people are impacted by the loss. But, not everyone close to the victim will be able to file a wrongful death claim. In Maryland, only the spouse, child, or parent may bring a wrongful death claim. However, if the individual did not leave behind a spouse, child, or parent, then anyone who is related to the victim by blood or marriage who was significantly dependent on the victim may be able to file a claim. You may be able to recover compensation for:
- The loss of companionship provided by your loved one
- Pain and suffering incurred as a result of the untimely death of your loved one
- Emotional distress
- The financial loss your family has sustained due to your loved one’s passing
- The cost of medical expenses you had to pay before your loved one passed
- The loss of guidance that a child requires from his or her parent
How long do I have to file a claim?
If you have lost a loved one, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is important to act quickly. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Our firm will walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case with a skilled and dedicated attorney.
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Our firm understands how overwhelming the claims process can be, which is why it is our job to handle the entire legal side of the matter while you focus solely on what matters most: healing. We know the ins and outs of the claims process, and we are ready to put our knowledge and experience in the field to work for you. Contact The Dorsey Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.