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Examining Hurricane Sandy Fatalities and Liability in Maryland

By Alpert Schreyer on November 22, 2012

In total, 122 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Sandy, with 11 occurring in Maryland. But how are such deaths examined and who is to blame?

In a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, the process of reviewing and attributing deaths to Hurricane Sandy is examined and questioned, as the danger of the storm, not only during, but both before and after, have led to many deaths. Hurricane Sandy caused more deaths than either Hurricane Irene in 2011 or Hurricane Andrew in 1992, both infamous for their destruction.

These deaths are examined by medical examiners and county coroners, each with widely varying degrees of experience, in order to determine how, why, and where the death occurred in order to prevent against such incidents in the future. While many deaths, such as those that occurred due to drowning or electrocution, can be easily determined, there have been between five and 10 deaths in the storm that have fallen into a murky area during examination.

These deaths include ones that occurred during preparation from the storm and in the cleanup afterwards. There is no guidebook that has established clear definitions of storm-related deaths. As such, opinions and rulings on fatalities possibly related to the storm vary from case to case, depending on the outlook of the official overseeing the case.

Coping with the death of a loved one is a difficult time for all, which can only grow worse should the rulings of officials complicate the matter of holding a party at fault for the death and finding compensation for losses. At Alpert Schreyer, our Prince George’s County wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping families find justice for their loved ones and recover from their losses. To learn more, call us today at (844) 632-7274.

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