The Damages Available in a Maryland Wrongful Death Claim

What Losses Can Be Recovered After the Death of a Loved One?

The Damages Available in a Maryland Wrongful Death ClaimWhen a family member dies because of the wrongful conduct of another person, there’s nothing that can undo the harm. You are, however, entitled to compensation for many of your losses. As we have previously explained, there are two types of claims that can be filed after an accidental or wrongful death: survival claims and wrongful death claims. The damages available depend on the type of claim you file.

If your claim is a survival action (filed on behalf of the decedent’s estate), the damages are similar to those the deceased would have had a right to recover had he lived. They include the following:

  • Medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury or illness;
  • Compensation for damage to property owned by the deceased;
  • Damages for the deceased’s pain and suffering before death; and
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

If, on the other hand, the lawsuit is a wrongful death claim (brought on behalf of surviving family members), you can seek compensation for:

  • Loss of financial support, and
  • Loss of consortium or companionship.

It’s important to understand that Maryland places a cap on non-economic damages in a personal injury action. “Non-economic” damages are those that typically cannot be determined based on actual expenses or lost income. Examples include pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Currently, the maximum recovery for non-economic damages in a Maryland wrongful death or survival claim is $2 million.

Experienced Frederick County Accidental Death Lawyer

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has more than three decades of experience successfully handling personal injury claims, including wrongful death and survivor actions. A highly successful trial lawyer known for his ability to get positive results, he’s received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars,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 (the highest rating possible) and has been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Contact an Experienced Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer

Let attorney Jonathan Scott Smith protect your rights in the aftermath of an accidental or wrongful death. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We take wrongful death claims throughout the state of Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, PrinceGeorge’s County, and Montgomery County.

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.

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