Families mourning the death of a loved one often have legal options they have not considered. In many cases involving product liability, negligence, and intentional violence, a civil wrongful death suit or even criminal charges may be an option for families who have lost a loved one. Though wrongful death is a relatively new legal construct, it can help families recover damages and come to terms with the seemingly senseless death of a loved one.
What Qualifies for a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death lawsuits claim that the defendant’s conduct either caused or contributed to the death of another individual. Generally, such suits claim that the defendant was either liable for the death due to producing a dangerous product, that they were negligent, as in medical malpractice, or that they acted intentionally, as in murder cases.
The amount of damages that a family can collect in a wrongful death lawsuit varies from state to state. State laws also affect who is able to sue. In addition, strict statutes of limitations can apply in wrongful death lawsuits, meaning that time is of the essence for families who are seeking justice concerning a family member’s wrongful death.
What Challenges Face Wrongful Death Cases?
Wrongful death lawsuits can culminate in time-consuming and complex jury trials and criminal cases, but they can also often be settled with the help of a Maryland personal injury attorney. In any case, it is difficult to predict the amount of time or the costs associated with a wrongful death lawsuit, since each wrongful death case is unique. The issues might be extremely straightforward (a murder case that has resulted in a criminal conviction) or quite obscure (a complex medical malpractice case involving misdiagnosis, multiple treating facilities and voluminous medical records).
Featured Article: What We Mean by Wrongful Death
Death is a part of life. We accept the fact that we sometimes lose people we love because we have no other choice. But when our loved ones are taken from us needlessly because someone else acts carelessly or recklessly, we have the right to make sure that person is held accountable. Wrongful death claims are legal actions taken by survivors of a deceased person to hold the responsible party accountable for the damages they have caused. These claims are different than pressing criminal charges, which is typically done by the state. Wrongful death claims are civil actions, which means they are filed by one or more people against another person or entity. Continue Reading
How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help You?
If you’re interested in pursuing a Maryland wrongful death claim in relation to a relative who has passed away, your first step should be to seek an attorney with experience litigating wrongful death matters. Track record, experience and demeanor are all factors that should influence your decision to go with a Baltimore wrongful death attorney. Ideally, your Maryland wrongful death lawyer will have the resources and manpower to help you obtain the best verdict possible. This includes expert witness contacts and an extensive understanding of state laws and civil procedure.
The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler specialize in the representation of injury victims, including the families of those who have lost their lives due to wrongful death. Contact us today for more information on whether you have a valid wrongful death lawsuit.
Recent Wrongful Death Case Results
Case Type: Wrongful Death
Steve and co-counsel represented the family of a teenage boy who died when several school counselors at the Youth facility he attended forcibly restrained him in a prone position for several hours, causing him to suffocate. The case settled in mediation for 1.2 million dollars.
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