The loss of a loved one can be a terrible tragedy. Losing a parent, child, or spouse before their time can have irreparable effects on your family, especially if the deceased was important to the financial support and well-being of your family. These losses may be emotionally draining and tragic, but it is important to consider how your family will be able to move forward after the death.
If your loved one was killed in an accident or because of a mistake or danger caused by someone else, that person might be responsible for the death. In Maryland, a wrongful death lawsuit might entitle you to damages and compensation for their death which can help replace lost wages, pay for funeral and burial expenses, and help your loved ones cope with the loss by compensating you directly for the harm your family faces. For help investigating your case and filing a wrongful death lawsuit, call the Maryland wrongful death attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras today at (410) 694-7291.
Types of Wrongful Death Accidents
The term “wrongful death” typically refers to accidents and catastrophes that cause deadly injuries. These injuries are often similar to those involved in other personal injury cases, but the injury is typically more severe. The case is otherwise similar to a personal injury case: the victim’s family sues the person responsible for their injuries for the harm they caused.
Accidents and injuries that fall under the umbrella of “wrongful death” can occur in many different ways, but the following are some of the most common types of wrongful death cases:
Car Accident Wrongful Death
Victims of deadly car accidents could be killed immediately if the crash is severe enough, or they could make it to a hospital and survive for a few days before succumbing to the injuries. In a car accident wrongful death case, filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s car insurance might not give you enough damages to cover the loss of a person – or even to cover end-of-life medical care and pain and suffering. Talk to a lawyer about filing a wrongful death lawsuit against an at-fault driver to seek full compensation.
Truck Accident Wrongful Death
Accidents involving large 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks are more likely to be deadly for the driver of the other car than for the driver of the truck. If your loved one was killed in a truck accident, the trucking company and the individual driver behind the wheel of the truck might share responsibility for the death, and you can often sue both of them together.
Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death
Medical mistakes in the operating room, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and other errors in treatment could cause serious health effects and complications for a sick or injured patient. If these mistakes ultimately make recovering from the condition impossible or actually cause your loved one’s death, you may be entitled to sue the doctor and perhaps the hospital for wrongful death. Talk to a lawyer about how to progress with a medical malpractice wrongful death claim in Maryland.
Deadly Product Injuries
If your loved one was killed because of a malfunctioning product, a dangerous piece of equipment, or another product suffering from manufacturing errors, you may be entitled to sue the manufacturer for their death. This could mean suing an auto manufacturer for deadly auto defects, suing a drug company for pharmaceutical injuries, or suing another manufacturer for deadly injuries caused by a dangerous product.
Other serious injuries can also result in death. Accidents involving blunt force trauma from falls from high heights, brain injuries, serious burns, back injuries, and injuries to other vulnerable areas of the body or vulnerable victims could also result in death. In many of these cases, the injuries occur on someone’s property – whether that be in someone’s home or at a business – and there may be insurance that can cover the damages for these cases. However, you should speak with a lawyer about filing a wrongful death lawsuit to help ensure you get full compensation from the insurance company.
Damages for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Maryland
When you file a lawsuit for the death of a loved one, you can typically claim compensation for any of the economic or financial problems their death caused you and your family. Spouses, parents, and children of the deceased might be severely affected by the death in a very documentable way, especially if the deceased provided the primary income for your family. The cost of funeral and burial expenses might be quite high, and the cost of medical bills from their end-of-life care might be substantial. When you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland, you can typically claim these kinds of compensation.
You may also be able to claim other noneconomic damages that you and your family faced because of the death. These damages might not be something you can demonstrate by producing bills or financial statements, but you can still seek financial compensation for these harms. These noneconomic damages include things like the loss of companionship, lost spousal services, lost household services, and other harms your family faces from the wrongful death. You might also be able to claim other economic harms like the cost of grief counseling.
Call Our Maryland Wrongful Death Lawyers for a Free Case Consultation
If you lost a loved one to a preventable accident, the parties responsible for the accident might be held accountable for your loved one’s death. For help seeking compensation for the loss of a parent, a child, or a spouse, contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our Maryland wrongful death attorneys offer free legal consultations to help you and your family understand how to proceed with your case and what your claim might be worth. Call us today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free legal consultation.