When we lose a loved one unexpectedly in an accident, it can be extremely stressful knowing what steps to take next. Whether it’s figuring out medical expenses that your loved one incurred or working out how you will provide for your family in the wake of losing your loved one, the process is far from easy. Although adding a lawsuit to the mix can be additional stress, it is often an important part of the recovery process—and can resolve many financial issues that occur following the loss of a loved one if the case is successful.
According to a recent local news report, a fatal accident that took place in Frederick remains under investigation. When local authorities responded to the scene, they found a Honda that had toppled over in the middle of the road. Based on an initial investigation, a Jeep was heading eastbound when it made an aggressive lane change, which was filled by the Honda. The Honda swerved off the left side of the road, overcorrected, and then ran across several other lanes before crashing into a guardrail and overturning. The Jeep fled the scene. The passenger in the front seat of the Honda was pronounced dead on the scene, while the driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation and the Maryland State Police Crash Team plans to continue to look into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Who do I need to know about Maryland wrongful death lawsuits?
First, wrongful death lawsuits cannot be brought by just anyone connected to the deceased individual. Maryland, like other states, has specific rules about who is eligible to bring a wrongful death suit and recover compensation. Among those who are able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit, spouses of the deceased, parents, and children are eligible to do so. If no one qualifies into these categories, an individual related to the deceased through blood or marriage and who was substantially dependent on the deceased can also bring a wrongful death claim.
Second, Maryland has identified specific categories of compensation available to potential plaintiffs for recovery. In Maryland wrongful death claims, potential plaintiffs can recover compensation for loss of financial support and lost wages and they also have the option to recover damages for mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
Lastly, if you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, time is of the essence. Maryland imposes a three year statute of limitations on most wrongful death claims. The wrongful death case must be filed within three years of the deceased’s passing, or the court may refuse to hear your case and bar your ability to recover compensation.
Do You Need a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or someone you know was recently injured or killed in a Maryland personal injury incident, contact the lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen for assistance today. Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury claims and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.