If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim and receive compensation to help you pay for any expense you incurred as a result of their death.
A Fort Washington personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can explain your legal options and calculate the amount of compensation to which you may be eligible.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get?
You can receive compensation for your financial losses, such as funeral expenses, loss of income if your loved one was a major contributor to your family’s finances, and any other financial losses you would not have had if your loved one had survived.
But your losses are not limited to finances. Under Maryland law, you might be able to get compensation for intangible losses, such as:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of marital, parental, or filial care
- Loss of comfort or protection
- Loss of care or attention
- Emotional pain and suffering or mental anguish
- Loss of advice, counsel, or training
For legal consultation with a wrongful death attorney in Fort Washington, call (410)777-8960
Who Can File a Claim?
In Maryland, close family members can usually file for compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one.
This can include:
- The parents of a deceased child
- The husband or wife of the deceased
- The children of a deceased parent
A wrongful death lawyer can help you determine if you qualify to file a wrongful death claim.
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Circumstances of a Wrongful Death
Every situation that led to a wrongful death is unique. But basically, a person or group had a responsibility to your loved one. They failed to act the way they should have and your loved one died as a result.
For example, let’s say your wife went to the emergency room for treatment. There, the doctor failed to give her the correct prescription and treatment, and she died as a result. In this case, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor or hospital.
Or let’s say your husband was driving home from work. A truck on the same road failed to stop at the light and hit your husband’s truck. Your husband died in the crash. In this case, the driver failed to follow the rules of the road. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver or the truck driver’s company.
What Is the Timeframe for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Maryland, under statute Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904, you usually have three years from the date of a person’s death to file a lawsuit.
One major exception is if your loved one died from an occupational exposure. This means your family member died because they were exposed to something harmful at work. In this case, you might have up to 10 years to file a lawsuit.
Even with this timeframe, it takes time to build a case. It is helpful to schedule a consultation with an attorney soon after your loved one’s passing. Acting early allows your lawyer to build a strong case, and ensures you don’t miss any deadlines.
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How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help Me?
Wrongful death lawyers can help you decide what legal action is best for your particular situation. Your lawyer can:
- Determine who was at fault for the death of your loved one and who you can file a wrongful death claim against.
- Gather evidence to support your wrongful death claim
- Estimate how much compensation you might be able to get
- Answer any questions you have about filing a wrongful death claim
- Make sure your claim gets filed in the right time frame.
- Communicate with all involved parties
- Review any laws or regulations that apply to your case
How Much does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we operate on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t charge you unless we help you recover compensation. In your first case review, we can go over more about our fee agreement. Think of it as a “no win, no fee,” structure.
You need time to heal and time to mourn your loss. We understand that and don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. We want you to know what options you have and how you can take legal action moving forward.
Here’s What Our Clients Have to Say
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow has over ten years of legal experience and is ready to help you handle your wrongful death claim. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.
One of our clients wrote the following review:
“Adam Smallow is the most professional, truthful, and caring lawyer you can ever find. He has a very pleasant character, and is quite generous with his time. He spends a lot of time studying his cases and preparing his clients for the hearings. He is always available when you need him, most importantly, during emergencies. Finally, unlike most other lawyers whose fees are beyond ridiculous, Mr. Smallow is quite fair in his billing. I recommend him 100%.”
We have highly positive reviews from our previous clients. We pride ourselves on saying, “We focus on your case so you can focus on healing.”
This is a tragic time, but we can help make the legal process go as smoothly as possible for you. We are ready to review your case, answer your questions, and help you take action.
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Taking legal action after the death of a loved one can feel overwhelming. You don’t have to work through the legal process alone.
Our office in the Fort Washington area is ready to help you with your wrongful death claim. We want to help you determine your next steps. You can call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow at (410) 777-8960 . Call us today to set up your free consultation.