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What types of damages are recoverable in a wrongful death suit?

Maryland residents who have lost a loved one know that it is a very difficult situation, losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another person is even harder. People in these situations may be clamoring for answers as to "why?" Their emotional distress is only magnified by the financial setbacks they incur after the death of their loved one.

When this happens, the victim's family members may choose to pursue a wrongful death suit. In Maryland, there are a number of types of damages that can be awarded in such a suit.

First of all, in addition to items such as medical expenses and lost wages, mental and emotional anguish are two types of damages that victims may seek. If the victim was married, loss of marital care is another type of damage. Similarly, if the victim was a parent, loss of parental care is also a type of damage. Loss of companionship, society and comfort can also be sought by the loved ones of the deceased victim. In addition, loss of protection, advice and guidance are all issues that weigh into the amount of compensation that the victim's family can pursue.

Although this post is not to be considered legal advice, as this shows, there are numerous types of damages a victim's loved ones can pursue in a wrongful death suit. It is important for a victim's loved ones to gain a good understanding of the types of damages available in a wrongful death suit, so that they can explore all of their options.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a very difficult process. But, family members should not have to suffer financially at the hands of someone else's negligence.

Source: Code of Maryland §3-904, Accessed Sept. 21, 2014

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