How Maryland’s wrongful death statute helps families of victims

If someone you love recently died in an accident, Maryland’s wrongful death statute can help hold the parties at fault responsible. This statute allows for spouses, parents, children and other family members to receive compensation for their loss.

What kind of relief can families receive?

While nothing can replace your loved one, these damages can help to offset funeral costs and other expenses. This can include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of property
  • Loss of society and companionship of spouse
  • Loss of potential earnings (over the person’s expected lifetime)
  • Lost wages

These damages can include your own lost wages and suffering because of caring for your loved one. In these incidents, you were not only robbed of your loved one, but of your regular life and earnings. This interruption might have been emotionally shocking and costly. You deserve compensation for your own suffering too.

What is considered a wrongful death?

Accidents happen every day, but if someone was intentionally or unintentionally negligent, then their death might have been prevented. This may have been any of the following:

  • Medical errors
  • Personal care negligence
  • Car accident
  • Exposure to a hazardous substance at work
  • Exposure to a hazardous situation at work
  • Committing a crime

If someone violated safety standards or a business or institution lacked protocols to keep people safe, and this resulted in your family member’s death, they should be held responsible. Under the statute of limitations, you have three years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death. However, you and your family deserve justice for your loss as soon as possible.

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