Dozens of trucks come in and out of Aberdeen every day. Because of their abundance on the road, they are often the unfortunate cause of severe and fatal accidents. If you lost a loved one to a large truck, you may be wondering what your options are. Not only do surviving loved ones often have large financial burdens after the passing of a caretaker, but you may be dealing with significant personal suffering as well. You shouldn’t have to suffer these effects without an advocate on your side.
Meet the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow. Our team has more than a decade of experience advocating for grieving families. If you want to entrust your case to a team that cares, consider partnering with an Aberdeen fatal truck accident lawyer. We offer free consultations where you can learn more.
We Offer Our Legal Help on a Contingency-Fee Basis
You might have concerns about affording a lawyer in the aftermath of your loved one’s passing. Because we know how financially devastating it can be to lose someone, we do everything in our power to make ourselves available to grieving families. Part of our dedication to availability includes our contingency-fee payment arrangement.
In this arrangement, our clients pay nothing upfront or out of pocket for our services. That means we negotiate settlements, gather evidence, and explain your options––all at no cost to you. Payment from our help comes as a portion of your insurance settlement or court award.
For legal consultation with a fatal truck accident attorney in Aberdeen, call (410)777-8960
You Generally Have Three Years to File a Maryland Wrongful Death Lawsuit
There are many time-sensitive aspects of your case. Witnesses may move away or become less inclined to offer their testimony. This makes it essential to promptly consider your legal options. Yet, evidence collection is just one reason to act quickly.
Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904, you generally have three years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. This deadline begins from the date of your loved one’s passing, not the date of their accident. Some other factors could affect your filing period, possibly giving you less time to act. To preserve your right to damages, you should consider consulting our team.
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Recoverable Damages in an Aberdeen Fatal Truck Accident Case
A settlement or court award is more than money for your damages; it could also offer a sense of closure in the aftermath of your loved one’s passing. Your lawyer can seek financial recovery for a host of expenses and personal suffering, including:
End-of-Life Medical Bills
Your loved one may have required medical attention before their passing. Your settlement could account for expenses associated with life support, hospice, and palliative care.
Lost Income, Tips, Bonuses, and Other Revenue Streams
If your loved one was the breadwinner or co-breadwinner, the loss of their income could put you in dire financial straits. You shouldn’t have to take on extra hours or sacrifice things you love to accommodate these hardships. You deserve compensation for the full cost of your loved one’s tips, bonuses, and income.
Various Out-of-Pocket Damages
You may have spent money out of pocket before, during, and after your loved one’s passing. Using your receipts, bills, and invoices, we can seek financial recovery for childcare costs and transportation expenses.
Pain and Suffering
“Pain and suffering” is a legal term that refers to the hardships your loved one’s passing caused. This refers to the struggles you experience, as well as the struggles your loved one experienced before their death. How much you can seek for pain and suffering depends on many factors, including:
- The circumstances of your loved one’s passing
- The cost of your financial losses
- How long your loved one survived before their passing
- The role your loved one played in your household
Other Non-Economic Damages
Pain and suffering is just one non-economic damage you can seek in a wrongful death case. Other examples include loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance, and emotional distress.
Property Damage Costs
If your loved one passed away in a collision, you may have outstanding property damage costs, such as car repair bills. Our lawyers can include any property damage expenses in your case’s overall value.
Funeral and Burial Costs
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that even a simple, no-frills funeral can cost thousands of dollars. This means putting your loved one to rest can become less about celebrating their life and more about cutting costs. If another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s passing, they should pay for any funeral or burial costs, which may include:
- The burial plot
- The casket
- Reserving the venue
- Catering and floral arrangements
This is just a short list of damages you could recover with our team’s help. The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow has recovered millions for grieving families just like yours. Now, we’re ready to build your case and pursue financial justice.
Considerations After a Fatal Truck Accident in Aberdeen
After losing a loved one, you should do what makes sense for your situation. Take this moment to spend time with your family. Consider working with our lawyers, so we can give you this opportunity. We can advise you on what steps could benefit your case’s outcome.
Some considerations may include:
- Referring all case-related communications to your lawyer. Some claims adjusters have no reservations about taking advantage of grieving people. We can take on these parties for you. In the meantime, you can focus on celebrating your loved one’s life and achievements.
- Refusing to give a recorded statement. In the spirit of avoiding communications with the claims adjuster, you should refuse to give a recorded statement if they ask you for one. Your lawyer can give them all the information they require.
- Keeping all information related to your case. While our team will investigate your loved one’s passing, you may have evidence that could bolster your claim further. Even a receipt for a small purchase could support your right to damages.
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Call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow to Learn More
Our team offers free, no-obligation consultations where we can discuss your case. During our conversation, we can talk about your case’s possible outcome, along with what you can expect from our firm. Call now to begin.