Maryland Wrongful Death Damages Attorneys
Types of Damages
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There are many losses that can result from a loved one’s passing. These losses can be tangible or abstract and it is often difficult to quantify them. Fortunately, the court has a comprehensive view of wrongful death damages that incorporates economic, social, mental, and emotional losses. However, these damages are not automatically rewarded to every claimant. It is up to the claimant and his or her attorney to identify all the damages that resulted from the loved one’s death and prove their validity in the courtroom.
What are Economic Damages?
These include financial damages incurred directly from the fatal incident and the loss of future financial contributions by the victim. The various economic damages are as follows:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of victim’s wages
- Loss of victim’s benefits, such as pension or healthcare coverage
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of goods and services the victim would have provided if still alive
What are Non-Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages include less tangible losses concerning social and emotional needs. They are often met with larger rewards. Forms of non-economic damages include the following:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of care, protection, guidance, advice, training, and nurturing
- Loss of love, society, and companionship
- Loss of consortium
What are Punitive Damages?
In Maryland, punitive damages are rewarded only in cases where the defendant’s conduct was nothing less than malicious, “in the sense of conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, evil or wrongful motive, intent to injure, ill will, or fraud,” according to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Clear and indisputable evidence must be established before a claimant can collect on this type of damage. In the state of Maryland it is very rare for a jury to award punitive damages.
A Resourceful Maryland Attorney
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we have resources and connections we can employ to build a strong base of evidence that supports your claim. We know how to effectively utilize eyewitness reports, expert testimony, and other material to get the court on your side. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today at 1 (844) 632-7274 for a no-cost consultation on your rights and legal options.