Wrongful Death Attorneys in Baltimore
Advocating for Individuals Who Lost Their Loved Ones to Negligence
Suffering the loss of a loved one is difficult, especially when it is the result of a preventable accident. If you have found yourself in this unfortunate situation, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for what has happened.
Our Baltimore wrongful death attorneys at Brown & Barron, LLC offer our sincerest condolences and understand that pursuing a legal case while you are trying to cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one can be very draining and difficult. For this reason, we want to help you handle the legal side of things, as we have assisted countless families in similar situations.
Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?
While there is no question that financial compensation will not and cannot make up for the genuine pain of your loss, taking legal action can help you obtain some peace of mind regarding the matter and help you pay any related costs. On top of that, a successful case can pave the way for similar cases in the future and prevent the same tragedy from befalling your neighbors, your friends, and other residents of Baltimore.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims in Maryland
In the state of Maryland, a legal claim concerning wrongful death can be filed as either a survival action or a wrongful death action. While both these claims are civil lawsuits filed on behalf of a deceased person (who therefore has no ability to pursue justice for themselves), the difference between these two actions is as follows:
- Wrongful death actions are filed to recover any damages an individual personally suffered as a result of losing their loved one.
- Survival actions are wholly concerned with any losses suffered by the deceased person’s estate so all compensation is paid directly to the estate, not the person filing the claim.
Who Can Pursue Wrongful Death and Survival Actions?
To file a wrongful death action, you must be a primary beneficiary, which includes surviving spouses, natural children, adopted children, and the parents of the deceased. Primary beneficiaries can also file survival actions to recover compensation for the estate if they so desire.
Surviving nieces, nephews, siblings, and other blood relatives of the deceased are considered secondary beneficiaries and can only file survival actions. Thus, secondary beneficiaries cannot recover compensation for their own personal losses.
Which Accidents Qualify for a Claim?
Any accident that was caused by a party’s actions, whether they were willfully or unintentionally negligent, will be considered grounds for a claim should it result in fatal injury to another party. Claimants will have to prove that negligence occurred to win a wrongful death case. This sounds simple, but liable parties — no matter if they are fully aware that they are responsible — often attempt to avoid being held accountable. A Baltimore wrongful death lawyer will work with you to stand up to these negligent people, companies, or corporations; the ideal lawyer will not back down against even the toughest opponents.
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our legal team stands steadfast by our clients to help them argue their cases. To substantiate your claim, our lawyers will reconstruct the accident to uncover evidence, as well as conduct extensive research specifically relating to your case. The reason why we fight so hard is that we know how important these claims are for those pursuing them. After all, wrongful death suits are often the last recourse available for many of our clients.
Potential Damages for Wrongful Death Actions
Primary beneficiaries pursuing a wrongful death action can request compensation for any damages incurred as a result of their loss.The law groups all damages into two categories:
- Economic damages: funeral and burial expenses, medical treatment the deceased received between the accident and their death, property damages, lost wages, and any other expenses with an accompanying bill.
- Non-economic damages: pain and suffering, emotional distress, trauma, loss of guidance, companionship, consortium, and love and affection, or any other losses that are emotional, mental, or difficult to measure monetarily.
The state does not limit compensation for economic damages but does put a $2 million cap on non-economic damages.
What Is the Maryland Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations?
For claims concerning a wrongful death, eligible individuals are given three years to pursue legal action. The clock starts running on the date of the death and so, while it seems long, runs out quickly. Do not wait to contact an attorney; in fact, the longer you give a legal professional to prepare your claim, the stronger it will be and the better chance you will have at reaching a favorable resolution.
Let Our Firm Fight for You
If you are contemplating pursuing a wrongful death claim, Brown & Barron, LLC wants to hear from you. Our compassionate legal advisers offer free initial consultations to discuss your case and whether it is eligible for a claim per state law. They can also provide you with an estimate of the value of your case, as well as more information about the legal process.
From 2017 to 2019, our firm recovered more than $55 million in compensation for our clients across a spectrum of practice areas. Helping clients seek justice and move on after a life-changing event/accident is why we practice law in the first place. You can trust us to put you first.
Call Brown & Barron, LLC at (410) 698-1717. Our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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