Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?

The Different Types of Beneficiaries in an Accidental Death Lawsuit

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?In Maryland, as in other states, a party seeking to recover damages in a wrongful death action must be a “real party in interest.” Essentially, that means that the person must qualify under state statute. Maryland identifies two different categories of potential beneficiaries in a wrongful death action:

  • Primary beneficiaries—A surviving spouse, child or parent of the decedent , if alive, may file a claim on behalf of all primary beneficiaries.
  • Secondary beneficiaries—A secondary beneficiary only has a claim if there are no primary beneficiaries, or no primary beneficiaries have brought a claim. Secondary beneficiaries include other relatives, such as siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces and others. A secondary beneficiary may file a claim on behalf of both primary and secondary beneficiaries.

Proven Frederick County Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of personal injury victims across the state of Maryland for over three decades. Attorney Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. A highly experienced trial attorney, Smith knows the impact a personal injury can have on every part of your life, and will fight to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. He has the skill, knowledge, experience and resources to successfully argue your claim in court.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has listed him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He has been included among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a "by invitation only" professional organization, has honored Smith as one of the top 100 attorneys in the state of Maryland. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. He has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory.

Top-Rated Ellicott City, MD Accidental Death Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who has suffered a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent slip and fall injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

The Different Legal Claims after an Accidental Death in Maryland

Survival Actions and Wrongful Death Actions

The Different Legal Claims after an Accidental Death in MarylandIn Maryland, when a loved one has died because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, there are two types of legal actions that typically can be filed:

  • A wrongful death lawsuit—A wrongful death action is designed to provide surviving family members—spouse, children and potentially other family members—with compensation for their losses, including support, companionship, guidance and consortium.
  • A survival action—This legal claim is brought by the estate, on behalf of the deceased. Damages available in a survival action include the costs of funeral and burial services, any unreimbursed medical expenses sustained by the deceased, and any pain and suffering endured by the decedent as a result of the accident.

Proven Baltimore, Maryland Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has aggressively represented personal injury victims in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area for more than 30 years. He is a skilled, experienced and respected trial lawyer with reputation for getting positive results at trial.

Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his fellow attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an award given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has named him one of the state’s top 100 attorneys.

Attorney Smith has earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. Smith has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was listed as a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys listed him as one of the "10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction." He belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements.

Effective Montgomery Personal Injury Accident Lawyer

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 Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Car Crash on I-195 in Baltimore County Kills Man

Man Killed in Car Crash on I-95 in Baltimore County

A car crash on I-195 killed a man on December 13, 2012, when he lost control of his car on I-95 and careened into a 2002 Suburban. According to an investigation by Maryland State Police, the driver was traveling north on I-95 around 7 a.m., when he spun out of control and struck an embankment. Police do not know what caused him to lose control.

After striking the embankment, the Ford Focus became airborne, went over the overpass and struck the Suburban, which was traveling east on I-195. Police were not been able to determine the cause of the car crash.

Highly Recognized Maryland Car Accident Attorney

A trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims in car crash cases, and personal injury victims in Maryland. Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Attorney Smith handles a wide range of car crash, motor vehicle accident and personal injury claims. He takes cases involving serious and catastrophic loss, as well as wrongful death.

Columbia, Maryland, Car Crash and Personal Injury Lawyer

To learn how we can help you get full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or motor vehicle accident, contact our office online or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Drivers Die in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents

Deaths in Howard County Fatal Car Accidents

 

Tragically, many drivers and passengers die in fatal car accidents. In 2009, 547 people died from fatal car accidents in Maryland, according to Census Bureau statistics. Howard County is no exception. Just this month, two drivers died in separate fatal car accidents.

On April 16, 2012, the driver of a 1985 Mercedes apparently turned in front of another car on Robert Fulton Drive in Howard County. The driver was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died of his injuries, according to news reports. On April 22, another driver’s car left the road on Route 32 in Howard County and struck a tree, resulting in the driver’s death, reported Howard County police.

Fatal Car Crashes Result in Tragic Deaths

Any fatal car wreck causes untold grief on loved ones, but fatal car accidents caused by another driver’s carelessness is even more devastating. While nothing can replace a lost loved one, the law does provide for restitution from the negligent driver.

Wrongful Death Claims

Legal claims for wrongful death of a loved in a fatal car accident include compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses.
  • Funeral Bills.
  • Lost income or earnings.
  • The victim’s injuries, and pain and suffering.
  • Family members’ loss of the relationship, including emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, advice, counsel, and comfort.

Howard County Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. As you can see by his background, Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced, respected, and credentialed trial attorney. He has successfully handled wrongful death cases, including fatal car accidents, for over three decades. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in fatal car accidents and other cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Accident Attorney

If a driver’s negligence or carelessness has caused the death of a family member in a fatal car accident in Howard County, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer and car accident attorney. Jonathan Scott Smith will help guide you through this tragic loss, and help you obtain justice and closure. Call 410-740-0101 now, or fill out our intake form, to schedule a consultation.

Driver Convicted of Wrongful Death in Fatal Car Accident

Accident in Car Results in Two Deaths

On November 10, 2010, a car accident occurred on Route 175 in Columbia, Howard County. A Saturn Ion that was traveling westbound on Route 175 was speeding in excess of the 55 m.p.h. speed limit on a spare tire. It crossed the median and then entered the eastbound lanes, crashing into a minivan, killing the driver. A passenger was thrown from the Saturn and also died. On April 11, 2012, the Saturn’s driver, Joseph G. Lawrence, entered an Alford guilty plea to negligent manslaughter, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Fatal Car Accidents Claim Many Lives

In 2009, 33,808 people died in fatal car accidents in the United States, according to U. S. Census statistics. A car accident that results in deaths of loved ones leaves tragic and devastating consequences on surviving family members.

Compensating Victims of Wrongful Death in a Car Crash

No amount of money can replace a loved one killed by a driver’s carelessness. Wrongful death can result in not only the loss of a loving relationship, but also medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost income. Maryland law permits legal claims by the deceased’s estate, as well as wrongful death claims by surviving spouses, parents, and children.

Howard County Car Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has successfully handled many car accidents, fatal car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury cases. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Howard County.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

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To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries and wrongful death.

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