What are the legal options after a loved one dies in an accident?

It is a sad reality that every year in Maryland hundreds, if not thousands, of people die in so-called “accidents.” However, the fact is that many “accidents” are actually caused by someone’s negligent or reckless actions. Take car accidents, for example. These “accidents” are usually someone’s fault. A driver probably caused the collision by speeding or driving drunk, or perhaps a driver was distracted or drowsy behind the wheel. Those actions or omissions, even slight ones, may be the direct cause of a fatal accident.

When a loved one dies in such an “accident,” what are the legal options for the family members who are left behind? Well, for starters, one action may be a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the death.

Legal options are sometimes the last thing that grieving family members are thinking about in the immediate aftermath of a fatal accident. However, a wrongful death lawsuit, if successful, could provide surviving family members with much needed financial compensation such as, for example, an amount that would be equal to the income and wages the deceased person would have earned if not for the death caused by the negligent or reckless party.

At our law firm, we understand that the family members of deceased Maryland residents want to focus on grieving and moving on after a fatal accident. But, we also care enough for our clients to push forward with potential legal options that might get them the funds they need to make that transition forward in life. For more information about how we attempt to help Maryland residents who are facing such trying times, please visit the wrongful death overview section of our law firm’s website.