Maryland Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one in an accident that would otherwise have been prevented but for the negligence of another party, you are likely feeling not only sorrow but also anger at the unfairness of the situation. Not only that, you have also been left saddled with hefty financial expenses that, plainly, you should not have to pay for. You want to spend time in peace grieving for the loss of your loved one, but these other high-stress practical matters are not allowing you to. Fortunately, an experienced Maryland wrongful death attorney can help.
The legal team at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical and funeral expenses, loss of wages and future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Have us represent you and we will apply our decades of legal experience to getting you the compensation you need to help take care of your financial issues so you can focus on healing. For more information on our law firm and the services we provide, call one of our MD personal injury lawyers toll-free at 1 (844)-MDCRASH.
What Needs to Be Proven in a Wrongful Death Case?
The following four elements must be established by the claimant in a wrongful death case:
- A human being died
- The death occurred due to the negligent or intentional actions of another
- The claimant’s life has been adversely affected by the death
- The decedent’s estate has a representative
Liability is perhaps the most important element in any civil claim case. An attorney can help you identify the liable party by conducting an investigation and collecting relevant evidence.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Maryland?
The wrongful death statute in Maryland provides a list of people entitled to sue in case of a fatal accident. Generally, those closest to the decedent and/or most dependent on him or her are prioritized over others. The rules are as follows:
- The primary beneficiaries to a wrongful death action include the spouse, parent, or child of a victim.
- If there are no primary beneficiaries living at the time of the decedent’s passing, second beneficiaries may file suit. These include blood or marriage relatives who were “substantially dependent” on the decedent.
- Non-dependent relatives who are neither primary beneficiaries nor secondary beneficiaries cannot recover under a wrongful death claim. However, they may recover under a survival action component.
Speak with a knowledgeable attorney to find out whether you qualify to recover damages under a wrongful death claim.
How Much is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?
Compensation amounts are generally determined by the circumstances of the decedent’s life and the effects of his or her death on the lives of the claimants. Due to the nature of wrongful death cases, it is not uncommon for claimants to receive multimillion dollar settlement amounts.
In Maryland, there is no limit on how much economic damages one may recover; however, there is a cap on non-economic damages. It is $785,000 as of October 1, 2013. The cap is to be raised by $15,000 on the first of October every successive year. For example, the non-economic damages cap will be $800,000 starting from October 1, 2014.
A Compassionate and Communicative Legal Team
Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s accident, our lawyers can utilize accident reconstructionists, eyewitness reports, and material evidence to build a strong case on behalf of your family. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of Alpert Schreyer LLC’s wrongful death attorneys today. For a comprehensive understanding of your rights and legal options, call (301) 932-9997 or (844) 632-7274 today.