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Son or Daughter Killed in an Accident: What Can I Do As a Parent?

Rice, Murtha & Psoras have been helping Maryland families who have lost a son or daughter in an accident. We strive to ensure that the families of the lost soul receive fair compensation after an accident because of someone else’s negligence.

We have multiple offices around Baltimore but fight for families who have lost a son or daughter in a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other accident throughout Maryland. We have proven over and over that are legal representation returns success in and out of the courtroom for our clients.

What can I do if my son or daughter is killed in an accident?

If you’ve lost a son or daughter in a car accident, you as the parent or parents have legal rights. Call the office today to learn how we can help get you the compensation from our skilled Maryland wrongful death attorneys at 800-470-RICE.

What can a lawyer do after my son or daughter died in an accident?

In Maryland, there are two types of claims that can be filed if someone is negligently killed in an accident. the first action that can be filed by the personal representative of the deceased is called a “survival action.” A survival action is intended to compensate the victim’s estate for damages and expenses that the victim incurred from the point of the accident until their death.

This may include hospital bills, lost wages before death as well as funeral expenses. In addition, a survival action is intended to compensate the victim for the pain they suffered before the death, the fear that they felt with the knowledge that they may die as well as funeral expenses that may be incurred.

Wrongful death action for a son or daughter killed in a Maryland accident

The second type of claim that can be brought after a son or daughter is killed in an accident is called a wrongful death action. In a wrongful death claim, the surviving relatives are claiming a loss as a result of the death.

There is certainly no amount of money that will compensate a family for losing a son or daughter in an accident. Our survival action and wrongful death attorneys understand this fact and are sensitive to the loss that a parent has suffered for the death of their son or daughter after a negligent accident.

Statute of limitations for Death of Son or Daughter in Maryland

As in most other tort claims in Maryland, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action or a survival action must be filed within three (3) years from the date of death.

Winning a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland

To win a successful lawsuit under the Maryland statute for wrongful death, the lawyers for the deceased or their family must prove:

  1. That their son or daughter died;
  2. Their son or daughter’s death was proximately caused by the negligence of the other person or defendant;
  3. That the son or daughter’s death resulted in injury to the parent, and;
  4. That the wrongful death claim is brought within the statute of limitations.

Lawyers that fight for your deceased son or daughter in Maryland

Our survival action and wrongful death attorneys have fought for the families that have lost a loved one in the past and will work tirelessly to ensure that the person or persons responsible for your son or daughter’s death are held responsible in the courtroom.

We are keenly aware of the emotional toll that the loss of a son or daughter will cause. We also understand that a parent needs time to grieve and doesn’t want to worry about the legal actions after their child’s death.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident because of another’s negligence or recklessness, you want the best lawyer to fight for you and in the memory of your child.

Call us today for a free consultation with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer at 800-470-RICE. There is no fee upfront to investigate the claim or pursue a wrongful death or survival action.