Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person or corporation. When the victim's relatives take legal action against the party he/she believes to be responsible for their loved one's death, this is known as a wrongful death case. A wrongful death case may arise from numerous tragic occurrences, including:
The key to proving wrongful death is establishing negligence, which is said to exist if the following is true:
- The defendant had a duty to the deceased and/or to members of the public
- The defendant failed in that duty
- The fatality was caused by the defendant’s breach of duty, and
- The survivors are damaged as a result of the loss of their loved one
Other important factors in a wrongful death case include:
- The relationship of the survivor(s) with the deceased
- The joint life expectancy of the deceased and/or the survivors
- The non-economical or emotional loss suffered by the survivor(s)
Specific types of damages and the relatives who are allowed to sue varies by state, but in general a wrongful death suit can be brought by spouses, children, parents and other family members who were financially dependent upon the deceased.
The three independent law firms of Attorneys for the Injured are The Abelson Law Firm; Salisbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder and Adkins; Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan and Hartinger. Our firms have been helping families win wrongful death cases for several decades. Our goal is to obtain compensation for our clients that addresses the practical considerations such as lost income, as well as emotional considerations such as pain, suffering and grief. While no lawsuit can make up for the loss of a loved one, legal action can hold the responsible party accountable, and it can help the remaining family members to continue living, paying for education, daily bills and other expenses without suffering further.
Wrongful death cases are time-sensitive. Depending upon your location and the circumstances of your loved one's death, you may have a limited period in which to file a claim. Our legal team at Attorneys for the Injured can help by conducting a thorough and immediate investigation to determine responsibility. If the fatality was related to medical malpractice, we work closely with a board-certified physician to help determine whether the accepted standards of care were followed.
We utilize our findings to prepare a case that accurately and effectively presents the facts and the consequences of your loved one's death. Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of families and we approach each case with sensitivity and care. We understand that any lawsuit arising from a death is difficult and complicated, and we work hard to help your family.
The mission of our Attorneys for the Injured law group is to seek justice and fair compensation for injured victims and their families. The combined strength of our locations in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland and Frederick, Maryland allows us to provide the level of service you expect from a large metropolitan office – with the dedicated and personalized approach of a boutique firm.
If you believe you may have a wrongful death case, contact us today, or call us at (888) 792-4242 for a free review of your case.