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Can You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Which Parties Qualify to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?

Can You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?When a loved one dies due to the carelessness or negligence of another person, there’s really nothing that can make you whole. Nonetheless, it’s important to hold the wrongdoers accountable for your losses. Maryland law allows eligible individuals to pursue damages (monetary compensation) for certain losses. Who can bring a wrongful death action in Maryland?

Under Maryland’s wrongful death statute, you must be classified as a “beneficiary” to have the legal right to seek compensation for an accidental death. The statute differentiates between primary and secondary beneficiaries:

  • Primary beneficiaries—This category includes the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. If one or more primary beneficiaries bring a wrongful death claim, all damages for the wrongful death go exclusively to those parties.
  • Secondary beneficiaries—If no primary beneficiary survives the deceased, or if no primary beneficiary chooses to bring a wrongful death claim, a secondary beneficiary may do so. (A claim also may be brought on behalf of both primary and secondary beneficiaries.) Secondary beneficiaries include siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins, and other distant relatives.

Experienced Baltimore Personal Injury Attorney

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has provided effective representation to personal injury victims in Baltimore and across Maryland for more than three decades. A skilled and experienced trial attorney with a history of obtaining positive results, he’s received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars(the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 (Superb)rating as a litigator. He’s AV-rated by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Montgomery County Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you lose a loved one due to the carelessness or wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Black Box Recorder May Provide Critical Evidence in Your Truck Accident Claim

Many Commercial Trucks Now Equipped with Data-recording Device

Black Box Recorder May Provide Critical Evidence in Your Truck Accident ClaimYou’ve likely heard, in the aftermath of a plane crash, that investigators are seeking the “black box” data recorder in an effort to understand the cause of the accident. You may not know, though, that many newer models of commercial trucks also come equipped with a similar device.

The black box recorder, also referred to as an electronic control module (ECM) or electronic data recorder (EDR), is a small device installed in a semi, big rig, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer to collect and store information about the physical properties of the truck. The black box can gather a wide range of data about the truck’s operation, including:

  • The speed the truck was traveling immediately before and at the time of an accident
  • Whether the truck accelerated or decelerated before the crash
  • If and when brakes were used
  • Whether the truck was on cruise control
  • How long the truck had been on the road since its last stop
  • If the driver was wearing a seat belt, and
  • The vehicle’s tire pressure at the time of the accident.

The black box also can provide data that can be compared with the driver’s physical log to determine if state or federal “on the road” time regulations were violated.

ProvenMD Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively fought for personal injury victims in Baltimore and throughout Maryland for more than 30 years. A skilled and experienced attorney with a history of getting positive results at trial, he has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible) and a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigator. He’s also AV-rated by colleagues under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyermagazine.

Effective Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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