Losing a loved one is truly devastating, no matter the circumstances. When a loved one passes due to the negligence of another party, it can be very difficult for the surviving family members to cope with such an unexpected loss. If another party’s negligence played a role in the death of a loved one, the family may be able to bring a wrongful death case against the liable party. Though nothing can bring back a loved one, a wrongful death case may allow the family to ease some of the financial burdens they are facing as a result of the death.
Often, families are unsure of what to do when they lose a loved one due to the negligence of another party. Laws vary from state to state. In Washington D.C., only the personal representative of the estate is permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit on the behalf of the deceased party’s surviving spouse. In situations where the deceased party did not have a surviving spouse, a personal representative can file a claim on behalf of children, parents or siblings.
Some of the damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death claim include:
- The medical expenses incurred prior to the death
- The deceased party’s pain and suffering
- The lost future economic earnings that the family relies on
- The emotional suffering suffered by the surviving family members
- The loss of a parent, a child, or a spouse
If your loved one was the victim of someone else’s negligence, it is important to consult with an attorney during this difficult time. Contact our firm today.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.