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Wrongful death claim brought against state of Maryland


Wrongful death suits aren't limited to automobile accidents. Medical malpractice, workplace accidents, premises liability and even unusual situations such as the one described below can all lead to a wrongful death suit.


The state of Maryland has been named as an additional defendant in a wrongful death case brought by the family of a 26-year-old man who had Down syndrome. The victim was asphyxiated at a movie theater, when three sheriff's deputies who were also working as security officers tried to force him to leave the theater of a show that he allegedly hadn't purchased a ticket for. The movie theater and Hill Management Services Inc. based in Baltimore have also been named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Taking legal action in a wrongful death case can be of critical importance. When a loved one dies, their family members are left with an inconsolable emotional loss. However, they may soon find themselves struggling financially as well. Bills relating to the death quickly add up, not to mention the loss of support the deceased provided. A wrongful death claim may be one way for a victim's loved ones to seek the compensation they need.

There are various elements that need to be proven in order to prevail in a wrongful death case. In general, there needs to be some act of negligent conduct on the behalf of the defendant that led to the victim's death, and that caused financial injuries to the victim's survivors. By working with a professional, those pursuing a wrongful death claim of action may be able to make sure that they take all the necessary steps towards recovery.

Source: CBS Baltimore, "Md. Now A Defendant In Wrongful Death Lawsuit," March 14, 2014

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