Silver Spring Wrongful Death Lawyers
Have you lost a loved one in an unexpected accident? If you believe that the death was a result of an individuals negligence, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Since 1999, the lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have been helping injury victims throughout Maryland and can help review the details of your claim. There are no upfront costs and your initial consultation is also free of charge.
What is Wrongful Death?
The legal definition of wrongful death is a death that was caused by the wrongful act of another, either accidentally or intentionally. A wrongful death claim is a civil action that may be made by survivors of the decedent claiming negligence or wrongdoing by another.
The time period in which a wrongful death claim may be filed varies from state to state, but is typically between one and two years from the date of the decedents passing.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The individuals entitled to file a wrongful death claim and receive compensation varies from state to state. Contacting a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer can help you determine what the statute of limitations are in your state as well as if you can file a wrongful death claim.
Typically, a claim will be filed by a representative on behalf of the survivors who suffered damages, some of these claimants may include:
- Family members: Children, spouses, stepchildren and in some cases adopted children. Parents of unmarried children may also be eligible to recover compensation.
- Spouses, life partners: In some states, a domestic or life partner may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim particularly if they were financially dependent on the decedent.
- Financial dependents: Some states permit all persons who suffered financially from the death to bring a wrongful death action forth for lost care or support, even if they are not related to the individual who passed away.
Additionally, parents or a mother who lost an unborn child in an accident caused by negligence may file a wrongful death claim with an attorney, however, the ability to file such a claim depends on the laws in your state. If your claim has taken place in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia, call one of our personal injury lawyers at (888) 213-8140 today to discuss your options for FREE
Wrongful Death Damages
When determining the amount of damages that a person may be awarded, a number of factors are considered such as the claimants relationship to the deceased, the deceased's income, life expectancy, and so on.
Some common types of damages that victims may be eligible for include:
- Loss of consortium, or companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of financial support
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
Typically, damages for a wrongful death lawsuit include compensatory damages, but might also include punitive damages which are damages that serve to punish the offending party and discourage others from behaving similarly.
Contact our Silver Spring Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
At the law offices Goldberg Finnegan, our attorneys understand the hardships that a family faces after a wrongful death. No amount of money can heal the grief of losing someone you love, however, our lawyers believe that individuals, corporations and other negligent parties should be held responsible for their actions.
With years of experience representing families who have lost a loved one, our lawyers can help you seek out the compensation you deserve.
For more information, contact us at (888) 213-8140. Your initial case consultation is always 100% FREE and completely confidential.