Losing a loved one is hard all by itself. Coupled with the knowledge that their death was preventable, it becomes more difficult to process. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, they deserve justice, and you deserve closure and peace of mind. A Catonsville wrongful death attorney at Brown & Barron will fight to bring you that. We have been fighting for the right to compensation for personal injury victims for decades. During a no-cost, no-obligation case review, we will discuss the facts of your wrongful death case and how we can help.
Types of Recoverable Damages Available in Wrongful Death Claims
The recoverable damages in a wrongful death case in Catonsville and around Maryland depend on the type of wrongful death case you are filing. There are two types of cases that can arise after a wrongful death:
Wrongful Death Action
In a wrongful death action, a claim or lawsuit is filed by a relative, beneficiary, or dependent for their direct losses. In other words, they are claiming damages for losses they suffered due to the death of their loved one. A spouse, child, or parent may file a wrongful death action. In the absence of these, a secondary beneficiary may also file. A secondary beneficiary under Maryland law is any person related by blood or marriage who was substantially dependent on the victim. A wrongful death claim can see the loved ones of the decedent recover damages, such as:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of services
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of comfort
- Loss of protection
- Loss of care
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
A wrongful death action does not include the losses that the decedent would have been able to claim in a personal injury case. That is reserved for a survival action.
A survival action is a lawsuit filed on behalf of the decedent for the losses he suffered while alive. Essentially, the survival action is the lawsuit the decedent would have been able to file if they had lived. The survival action is filed by the personal representative (executor) of the decedent’s estate or administrator appointed by the court. The damages that can be claimed on behalf of the estate include:
- Medical expenses
- End-of-life care expenses
- Lost income or wages
- Reduced ability to earn
- Other accident or injury-related expenses
- Pain and suffering
Get in touch with a wrongful death lawyer serving Catonsville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How Will a Lawyer Help Me with My Wrongful Death Claim?
As your legal advocate, we will handle your case from start to finish, navigating the complex legal process associated with a wrongful death, so you do not have to. As a part of our legal representation, we will:
Investigate to Bring Justice
A wrongful death attorney at our law firm has the time, resources, and knowledge to investigate your case thoroughly. We will put our legal team to work to discover the cause of your loved one’s accident, injuries, and subsequent death. Our job is to determine who the negligent party is and who is financially responsible for the harm you and your loved one experienced.
Accurately Value Your Claim
Your compensation in a wrongful death suit or survival action hinges on your ability to accurately calculate and demonstrate the economic and non-economic damages you and your family are entitled to. We will gather evidence of the injuries and losses suffered in connection with your wrongful death claim. Through the use of medical documents, bills, receipts, expert consultants, and industry-standard calculating methods, we will arrive at an accurate and fair compensation amount.
Handle All Communication with the Opposing Party and Others in Your Case
Grief can cause you to shut down, making it hard to carry on daily activities, much less a legal battle. Dealing with insurance companies, medical offices, witnesses, and a host of other people and companies to gather the information and evidence you need, negotiate terms, or answer questions is arduous. Our wrongful death lawyers serving Catonsville, Maryland, will take it on for you.
File a Wrongful Death or Survival Action Claim Before the Maryland Statute of Limitations Expires
Per Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-904, you have three years from the death of your loved one to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally speaking, missing the deadline on your case is the equivalent of giving up your right to seek justice and compensation in court. However, exceptions may apply to your situation, so contacting an attorney is vital. Our wrongful death attorneys will ensure your case is filed in court by the legal deadline.
Why Choose Our Law Firm to Handle Your Wrongful Death Case
Our legal team is uniquely qualified to handle your wrongful death case in Catonsville. We have over 130 years of combined experience serving the community. Some of our points of pride include:
- A community-centered legal practice
- Over 137 years of combined experience
- Free consultations
- No fee unless we win your case
- Over $82 million was recovered for clients between 2017- 2021 alone
- 24/7 Availability
Reasons for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death is a death that occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence. Generally, they are preventable deaths that would not have happened but for the careless acts of another person. Thus, they are considered wrongful because they did not have to happen. People file wrongful death claims for a variety of reasons:
- To get justice for a deceased loved one
- To obtain the financial resources they need to bury their deceased loved one
- To obtain the financial support they lost when their loved one died
- To hold the negligent party accountable
- To obtain closure and peace-of-mind
Discuss Your Claim with a Catonsville Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Brown & Barron is dedicated to restoring justice and restoring lives. We have helped clients all over the state of Maryland and want to do the same for you. A Catonsville wrongful death attorney at our law firm can be your legal advocate and support in one of the most challenging times of your life. Let us help you file a wrongful death claim for the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today to get started with a free case consultation.
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