When a loved one passes, it is hard for the family to recover from such a loss. When that death is the result of a negligent individual or a company, that family may have to consider their legal options and possibly file a wrongful death claim. While the family tries to heal from the sudden loss, it is hard for most to consider that legal action can help ease the future financial burden of lost wages, medical bills, and funeral expenses. For years, Timian & Fawcett, LLC has compassionately and effectively guided bereaved families through these tough times. If you have lost a loved one and you believe it was caused by another’s negligence, you should contact our firm for a consultation. We will discuss your case, explore your legal options and offer you quality advice that will help you make educated legal decisions. If you have a valid wrongful death case, we will ardently represent your needs in and out of court. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC today.
Defining wrongful death
Maryland defines wrongful death in similar terms to other states. It is the death of a person from negligence or an act that would have allowed the person to recover damages if he or she would have lived. This can include felonious acts. In these circumstances, some of the family left behind can take legal action against the party responsible.
How to file a wrongful death claim
A wrongful death claim can be brought by certain family members, including a wife, husband, parent, or child. If no one qualifies, it can be brought by a blood relative or one through marriage that was significantly dependent on the spouse.
What is a survivor’s action?
Very similar to a wrongful death claim, a survivor’s action is a claim brought by the representative of the decedent’s estate. This representative will act on behalf of the claimants as they seek compensation for harm done to them as a result of the death.
Statute of limitations
Wrongful death actions brought by either a wrongful death claim or a survivor’s action is subject to a 3-year statute of limitations. If the death was caused by occupational disease, the entitled party has 10 years to file a claim or 3 years from when the cause of death was established, whichever is shorter.
Contact a Prince George’s County wrongful death lawyer
Timian & Fawcett, LLC recognizes the devastating effects of a wrongful death on the family. It is important to consider your legal options when faced with such a terrible tragedy. Our firm has been a compassionate legal resource for the people of Maryland and Washington D.C. for many years. If you believe that a sudden loss was caused by the negligence of another party, you should contact an attorney that can effectively represent your family’s future. Please contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC for a consultation.