When a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, it shatters their friends’ and family’s lives. Contacting a lawyer is the last thing on their minds. Unfortunately, grieving families are almost immediately faced with medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost earnings. If you have recently lost a loved one, you should discuss the facts of your case with a wrongful death attorney right away. Read on for a useful overview of wrongful deaths.
How is a Wrongful Death Defined?
Wrongful death is any death that has occurred as a direct result of an accident or injury caused by the negligence of a person or business. It may occur as the result of a car accident, a workplace accident, or medical malpractice. If your spouse or family member has passed away as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation under Maryland’s Wrongful Death Statute and Survival Actions.
How Do I Know if I Have a Claim?
Although it may be difficult, contacting an experienced injury, accident, and malpractice attorney after your loved one passes is the only way to protect your legal rights. If you wait to take action or speak to your insurance company first, you may inadvertently make a statement that forfeits your right to compensation.
What is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Survival Actions?
In Maryland, a wrongful death gives a decedent’s beneficiaries two separate legal remedies. A survival action allows the personal representative of an estate to bring a cause of action to recover damages that the decedent could have recovered had he survived. In this action, potential compensation is limited to funeral expenses and any financial losses sustained between the time of injury and death. A wrongful death action seeks damages on behalf of those who have suffered because of a person’s death. These damages may include mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, and other costs.
If your loved one has recently passed away, contact an experienced and compassionate attorney at Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law to get the care and compensation you deserve. Call us at (301) 840-0404 to schedule an appointment at our Gaithersburg office, or visit us on the Web to read more about our legal services.