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Wrongful Death Considerations

Wrongful Death

The death of a family member is one of the most stressful experiences we deal with in life. If a death is sudden, the shock can be extreme, and it can take a long time to fully adjust to your loved one’s absence. Especially when your family’s main provider is killed, you may find yourself needing to make significant financial adjustments to adapt to their loss.

Though our loved ones may pass on from sickness or from accident, it often happens that someone else made choices that resulted in the death. If your loved one died because of the gross negligence or intentional choice of an individual or a company, you are entitled to compensation to help you and your family recover financially.

When to File

Wrongful death suits in Maryland must generally be filed within three years of the conduct which caused the death, but you should consult with a qualified attorney as quickly as possible after the death so that he or she can help you to prepare and to preserve any evidence and witnesses. Over the months and years after the funeral, you may find that memories grow dim, that important documentation is misplaced, and that witnesses move away from the area. Your attorney will know how to collect and preserve all relevant evidence before it is lost.

What to Ask For

The projected recovery amount of your wrongful death lawsuit will vary by circumstance, but you should consider the following possible areas of loss:

Medical expenses, even when your loved one died, can often be a heavy burden to carry. Keep track of all medical bills, along with doctor’s notes and any statements from first responders such as Emergency Medical Technicians. The person responsible for your loved one’s death will often be required to reimburse you for all medical bills.

Funeral expenses can run into thousands of dollars, and can be difficult to pay if you weren’t prepared for the death. These should be added to your wrongful death lawsuit and charged to the defendant.

Future income that your loved one can no longer earn is also a standard element in valuing a wrongful death suit. Your attorney will help you decide what amount to ask for, but it will depend on your loved one’s education level, previous income, and the projection of what he or she may have earned in the future.

Compensation for grief, loss, and companionship should also be considered. You should be able to afford counseling for yourself and other family members, and should be compensated for the loss of your loved one’s company and the services he or she normally provided to the family. Again, your attorney should be able to help you estimate the standard value of this category, which will depend upon your unique circumstances.

If your family is suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one, the Maryland law firm of Wingfield, Ginsburg & Lipp, P.C. has the expertise you need to receive fair compensation. Our attorneys are sympathetic and we will work hard to answer your questions and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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