Baltimore Wrongful Death Attorney

Fighting for the Families of Those Who Have Suffered Loss

A wrongful death is a tragedy that no family should have to endure. When a loved one passes away due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another person or organization, the pain and loss can be overwhelming. In addition to the grief and mourning, you will likely face financial hardship as you struggle to pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, and other associated costs.

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our wrongful death attorneys in Baltimore can help you take legal action against those responsible for your loved one's passing. We can work to recover compensation to help you move forward after this devastating loss.


Call (443) 201-2334 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


What is Considered a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death can occur in a number of ways. In many cases, a person dies due to the negligence or recklessness of another person or organization. In others, a person is killed intentionally by another person or because of a defective product.

Examples of wrongful deaths include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Accidents caused by defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Homicide

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Maryland?

In Maryland, the surviving spouse, parents, and children of the deceased person are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim. If none of these parties are available, other individuals who were substantially dependent on the deceased person may be able to pursue the claim.

The following are the elements to prove to win a wrongful death case in Alabama:

  1. Duty of Care: The plaintiff (surviving family members or the personal representative of the deceased person's estate) must establish that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased. This means showing that the defendant had a legal obligation to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to the deceased person.
  2. Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care. This involves proving that the defendant's actions or inactions fell below the standard of care expected in a similar situation, thereby causing harm to the deceased person.
  3. Causation: The plaintiff must establish a causal connection between the defendant's breach of duty and the death of the individual. In other words, they need to show that the defendant's actions were a direct or substantial factor leading to the death.
  4. Death: The plaintiff must prove that the individual indeed died as a result of the defendant's actions or negligence.
  5. Damages: The plaintiff must provide evidence of the damages suffered as a result of the wrongful death. Damages may include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their death.

Generally, the claim must be filed within three years from the date of the person's death. Missing this deadline could result in the court refusing to hear the case.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In a wrongful death lawsuit, the goal is to recover compensation for your losses. You can use this compensation to help you move forward after this tragedy and to cover the costs associated with the loss of your loved one's financial support, as well as pain and suffering, medical bills, and funeral and burial expenses.

Our wrongful death attorneys in Baltimore can work to recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of financial support
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

In some cases, punitive damages can be recovered. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for particularly reckless or malicious behavior, and they can be used to discourage similar future behavior.

Maryland law also allows for "survival actions," which are separate from wrongful death claims. A survival action allows the deceased person's estate to pursue damages for the pain, suffering, and other losses the deceased experienced between the time of the injury and the time of death.

How Do I Start a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The loss of a loved one is devastating. When that loved one passes away due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another person or organization, the pain and grief can be overwhelming.

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers have a proven track record of successfully handling wrongful death claims in Alabama. We understand the emotional toll this process can take on families, and we are committed to providing you with compassionate, tenacious, and personalized legal representation.


Call (443) 201-2334 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.


 

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