Wrongful Death Attorney Serving All of Maryland
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is never easy for a family. This loss can be felt in many ways, as not only have you lost a cherished relationship, but you may have also relied on that individual for financial support. When an individual’s death was caused by the negligence of another party, there may be cause for a wrongful death claim. At the Ruben Law Firm, our compassionate legal team can help you determine if you have a case and help you find justice during this difficult time. To schedule a consultation with a legal team you can count on for a wrongful death claim, contact the Ruben Law Firm today.
Wrongful Death Categories in Maryland
The state of Maryland is different from many other states because they break wrongful death claims into two different categories.
- Survival actions: These are claims that are brought on behalf of the estate that aim to recover compensation for the expenses paid by the estate such as the decedent’s pain and suffering during final moments, their final medical bills, funeral expenses, and burial expenses.
- Wrongful death actions: These claims are brought on behalf of the surviving spouse, parents, or children of the decedent. The goal of this action is to recover compensation for the beneficiaries’ losses, such as lost support or companionship, lost wages, and more.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim in MD?
Not everyone that knows an individual who passed away due to the negligence of another party is permitted to file a wrongful death claim. Typically, only primary and secondary beneficiaries can take legal action. Primary beneficiaries include the surviving spouse, parents, or children of the decedent. Secondary beneficiaries include the surviving siblings, cousins, nieces or nephews, and other relatives of the decedent. Secondary beneficiaries are only permitted to bring a claim if there are no primary beneficiaries that are willing to take action.
Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death
If you are eligible to take legal action after losing a loved one due to negligence, you mustn’t hesitate to file for too long. The Ruben Law Firm understands that you are busy focusing on other family matters during this time, but we urge you to keep Maryland’s statute of limitations in mind. Any wrongful death claim in Maryland must be filed within 3 years of the date of death, otherwise, your claim may not be accepted by the court. Our firm can help you get started on your claim today.
Contact the Ruben Law Firm
Losing a loved one is tragic and can have serious impacts on the entire family. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another party, it is important to consider your legal options so you can offset some of the financial burdens associated with the loss. The Ruben Law Firm is committed to helping you recover the compensation you are entitled to and the justice you deserve. To schedule a consultation with our legal team, contact the Ruben Law Firm today.