Wrongful Death Claims in Maryland | What You Should Know

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If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another, you may want to pursue legal action. Give us a call today to speak with a skilled St. Mary’s County wrongful death lawyer.

What is a wrongful death claim in Maryland?

A wrongful death claim may arise in the event that an individual is killed due to another party’s negligence. There are a number of ways wrongful death accidents can occur. Some of the most common causes are a result of auto accidents, product liability accidents, and medical negligence.

Am I eligible to file a wrongful death claim?

While many people are impacted by the loss of a loved one, it is important to keep in mind that not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim. In the state of Maryland, only the spouse, child, or parent may bring a wrongful death claim. Yet, if the individual did not leave behind a spouse, child, or parent, then anyone who is affiliated with the victim by blood or marriage who was significantly dependent on the victim may be eligible to file a claim. You may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Emotional distress
  • The loss of companionship provided by your loved one
  • Pain and suffering incurred as a result of the untimely death of your loved one
  • 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 are in the unfortunate situation of having lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, pursuing legal action may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is critical to act fast. 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. If you fail to file within three years, it will likely mean losing the opportunity to obtain the justice you and your loved one deserve.

Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to help you through this process during such a heartbreaking time. Our legal team is committed to ensuring you have the legal and emotional support you need each step of the way. Give us a call today to get started.

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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.