Crofton & Bowie Wrongful Death Attorneys
Standing Up for Clients & Seeing that Justice Is Delivered
The unexpected death of a loved one can be an overwhelming time. You must deal with the emotions of grief as well as the financial burden of trying to pay for any medical or funeral expenses. This can be especially difficult if the person who died was the primary breadwinner in the family. If your loved one passed away as the result of a wrongful death, this can make the situation even more tumultuous. At Skipper Law, LLC, we understand how difficult this time can be, which is why our Crofton and Bowie wrongful death attorneys provide compassionate legal representation. While a successful legal battle will never be able to replace your loved one, holding the responsible party accountable is incredibly important. Whether we can settle outside the courtroom, or the case must go to trial, you can expect that we will do whatever it takes to help you get the closure and restitution you need to move on.
What Qualifies as Wrongful Death?
According to Maryland statue §3-901, wrongful death is whenever someone dies as the result of neglect, recklessness, or any act, including felonious ones, in which the deceased would have been able to file a lawsuit and receive damages had they not died.
Examples of incidents that may result in wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Medical negligence
- Premises liability
- Dangerous and defective products
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Action?
The deceased’s wife, husband, parent, or child are all capable of filing wrongful death actions. However, if nobody falls into any of those categories, it can be filed by anyone dependent on the deceased so long as they are related either by blood or marriage.
The Types of Damages You Can Recover
Maryland divides wrongful death cases into two parts: a wrongful death claim and a survival claim.
Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim is used to seek damages for the emotional and financial burdens that come as a result of the loss of a loved one. Economic damages typically include any lost earnings or lost financial support that would have been provided as well as the value of the services the deceased would have provided to the family had they not passed away. Examples of these include cooking, cleaning, childcare, and other household tasks. Noneconomic damages include restitution for the emotional turmoil you must go through because of the death of a loved one.
This is filed on behalf of the estate of whoever passed away. Much like a wrongful death claim, the estate can receive both economic and noneconomic damages. However, these are measured in terms of the harm done to the deceased.
Examples of these include:
- Medical expenses for any care needed before your loved one’s untimely death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost earnings from the time the period the loved one was injured to the time they died
- Pain and suffering your loved one experienced as a result of whatever caused their death
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