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What is Wrongful Death in Maryland?

By Alpert Schreyer on June 20, 2012

A “wrongful death” case is a case in which someone injured by another person’s or company’s negligence dies as a result of his or her injuries, and the deceased person’s family seeks the compensation that the deceased person could have received if he or she had lived. Wrongful death cases are a way to compensate the families of those who are so badly injured by a car accident, on the job injury, defective product, or other situation that they could not survive.

Maryland Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases in Maryland are governed by the Maryland Wrongful Death Act, section 3-901 of the state’s statutes. The Act specifies that its purpose is to help parents, children, spouses, and other immediate family members of those who lose their lives due to negligence.

A surviving family member may bring a case in court against a person or company, or against the personal representative of an individual, if that person dies before a case can be filed against him or her personally. The “personal representative” exception is particularly useful in situations such as serious car accidents, where both drivers may lose their lives although only one was negligent.

No amount of money can replace a lost loved one, but compensation can help your family pay household expenses, meet medical bills, and rebuild your lives after a tragedy. At Alpert Schreyer, we’re dedicated to helping Maryland families get the compensation they need. To speak to one of our experienced Maryland wrongful death attorneys, call us today at (844) 632-7274.

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