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Filing a wrongful death suit in Maryland

There is nothing more tragic than losing a loved one due to the negligent actions of another. Whether it is through a car crash, a doctor's error, an occupational disease or through another wrongful act, losing a loved one is never easy. The loved ones left behind are not only suffering an emotional loss, but they may soon find they are experiencing financial difficulties as well. This may be particularly the case if the deceased was the main income-earner for the family. When this happens, the victim's loved ones may want to pursue a wrongful death suit.

In Maryland, the spouse, parent or child of a victim killed due to the negligence of another may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit. In general, such a suit must be filed within three years following the death of the victim. However, there are exceptions. In the case of occupational disease, a wrongful death suit must be filed either within three years after the discovery of the cause of the victim's death or within ten years of the death itself, whichever is shorter.

In a wrongful death suit, the victim's loved ones may seek compensation for pecuniary damages -- that is, financial damages. However, in Maryland damages in a wrongful death suit are not limited to merely pecuniary damages such as medical and funeral expenses. The damages can also include damages for mental and emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of marital or parental care and more.

Filing a wrongful death suit cannot bring back a loved one lost, but it can at least provide the victim's loved ones with some much-needed financial relief. Those who are interested in learning more about wrongful death suits may want to seek professional advice, so they can understand their rights.

Source: Code of Maryland, "§3-904," Accessed Oct. 20, 2014

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