When you have lost someone you love due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the pain, grief and anger are overwhelming. In addition to your sorrow, you may be facing an uncertain future for yourself and your family. While nothing can put your life back together, the compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can relieve the financial burden and give you some measure of justice, in many cases the only justice available.
Compassionate and dedicated Maryland wrongful death attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., is here to help you and your family seek justice. When you work with Patrick, you will receive the personal attention that you need during this difficult time, so that you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family physically and emotionally while we help you get back on your feet financially.
Damages in Wrongful Death and Survival Actions
In Maryland, a wrongful death suit benefits certain loved ones of the person who died, compensating them for losses they have suffered as a result of the person’s untimely death. The survival action pays out to the estate of the deceased in compensation for the harm to the person who died.
Wrongful death damages can include:
- Lost financial support
- The cost to replace lost services, such as childcare, home maintenance and other services you loved one normally performed
- Your emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, advice, care and more
Survival action damages can include:
- Medical expenses of the deceased between the time of injury and time of death
- Lost wages between time of injury and time of death
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses
- Deceased’s non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, between time of injury and time of death
- Punitive damages, if available
Wrongful Death Beneficiaries
Wrongful death compensation is not available to any and all loved ones in Maryland, and the law does not always reflect the wishes of the deceased. Those who can receive wrongful death compensation are as follows:
- Surviving spouse
- Minor or adult child of a deceased parent
- Parent of a deceased minor or adult child
- Dependents who are related by blood or marriage if none of the above exist
While Maryland wrongful death laws may exclude those who were closest to the deceased, including unmarried partners, the proceeds of a survival action go to the estate and are paid out to those named in the will. In cases where there is no will, they are paid out according to Maryland’s law of intestate succession.
To learn more about wrongful death and survival actions, please, call experienced Maryland wrongful death attorney Patrick D. Troxler, Esq., at 240-903-0119 today or email us to schedule your consultation. Your initial consultation is free, and if you choose to move forward, we only get paid if you get paid.