In the tragic event of the death of a loved one, family members may be able to file a Maryland wrongful death claim against the person or entity at fault for their loved one’s death. In Maryland, the Wrongful Death Act permits certain family members to bring a claim for damages after the death of a family member. The Act is meant to compensate families whose loved ones have died due to the wrongful acts of another person or entity.
The Wrongful Death Act is also intended to compensate families for their own loss as a result of the decedent’s death. Therefore, it can be filed only by certain family members, rather than the decedent’s estate. Generally, the family members that can bring a wrongful death claim are a spouse, parent or a child. If the decedent does not have a spouse, parent or child, any other person who is dependent on the deceased accident victim and who is related by blood or by marriage can bring the claim.
A wrongful act under the Wrongful Death Act is an “act, neglect, or default” that would have allowed the decedent to file a claim and recover damages if the decedent had not died. Plaintiffs may be entitled to recover damages for “pecuniary” losses, as well as damages for pain and suffering, parental care, loss of companionship and guidance. In general, a wrongful death claim in Maryland has to be brought within three years of the date of the decedent’s death. There are several exceptions, however, and anyone considering filing a Maryland wrongful death case should consult with a dedicated Maryland injury lawyer.
Salisbury Crash Leaves Two Dead and Several Injured
Two people were killed and five were injured in a recent crash in Salisbury, Maryland. According to a local news report, the crash occurred around 9 p.m. on Route 50. Evidently, a 19-year-old driver’s car crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit two other cars. There were two passengers in the teenager’s car, and both were killed in the crash after they were ejected from the vehicle. They were 19 and 20 years old. All three drivers and an additional two passengers were transported to a local hospital for serious injuries. Maryland State Police and the local sheriff’s department is investigating the fatal accident, along with the fire department and the state Department of Transportation. According to police, an investigation of the crash is ongoing.
Have You Been Seriously Injured?
If you have been injured in a Maryland car accident, one of the first things to do is to speak with a skilled Maryland personal injury attorney. You may be able to bring a negligence claim or other type of claim against the party at fault for the accident. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC our Maryland personal injury attorneys are ready, willing and able to help you and your family. Our attorneys take pride in advocating for the rights of victims, and understand the complex issues that can arise in personal injury cases. To discuss your claim with an attorney, call 410-654-3600 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.