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The Time Limits for Filing a Maryland Wrongful Death Claim

What Is the Statute of Limitations for an Accidental Death Claim?

The Time Limits for Filing a Maryland Wrongful Death ClaimWith any personal injury claim, including wrongful death, there’s a time limit for filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses. This time limit is established by a law known as the statute of limitations.

There are good reasons for a statute of limitations. First, it’s in the interests of justice for the lawsuit to proceed when memories are fresh and evidence can still bepreserved. The more time that passes, the greater the risk that witnesses will die or move or that recollections will fade. In addition, it’s generally deemed unfair or inappropriate for a potential defendant to live in perpetual fear of a potential lawsuit.

Every state sets its own statutes of limitations, and the time limits vary based on the type of claim. In Maryland, if you want to bring a lawsuit to recover damages forthe accidental or wrongful death of a loved one, you must file your complaint within three years of the date of death. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, any wrongful death claims filed after the expiration of the statute of limitations will be dismissed by the court.

Proven Maryland Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has more than three decades of experience successfully handling personal injury claims, including wrongful death actions. A proven trial lawyer with a reputation for getting positive results, he’s earned 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. Scott Smith is AV-rated by other attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyermagazine.

Contact an Experienced Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer

Let attorney Jonathan Scott Smith protect your rights after the accidental death of a loved one. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. Your first consultation is free. We take wrongful death claims throughout the state of Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.

Damages Available in Maryland Wrongful Death Claims

What Can You Recover After the Accidental Death of a Loved One?

Damages Available in Maryland Wrongful Death ClaimsThe wrongful or accidental death of a loved one can leave an emotional wound that may never heal. But there are financial consequences, as well. If you qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit, what can you expect to recover?

In Maryland, there are two types of claims that can be filed after an accidental death: (1) a survival action, brought on behalf of the decedent’s estate and (2) a wrongful death claim, brought on behalf of the heirs of the deceased. In a survival action, the estate can seek to recover funeral costs and unpaid medical expenses. The estate also can pursue compensation for any suffering of the deceased caused by the accident. In the wrongful death action, survivors can seek compensation for loss of support, as well as loss of companionship or consortium.

Proven Montgomery County Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to personal injury victims in the Baltimore metropolitan area and across the state of Maryland. A skilled and experienced trial lawyer known for his ability to get positive results, he’s earned 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 other attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Ellicott City Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one because of the carelessness or wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call usat 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We handle personal injury claims in Howard County, Baltimore County,Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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