Wrongful Death Cases in Washington D.C. | What to Know

When an individual is killed due to the negligence of another party, this is known as wrongful death. Wrongful death accidents are extremely devastating for the victim’s family members. These accidents are usually due to auto accidents, product liability accidents, or medical negligence. If this occurs, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the emotional and financial burdens you face as a result. Read on to learn more about wrongful death cases in Washington D.C.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Generally speaking, spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, or siblings are the only individuals who may file wrongful death claims on behalf of their loved ones.

Recovering compensation:

If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you likely deserve compensation for the pain and suffering and financial losses. You may be eligible to recover compensation for the following:

  • The loss of companionship provided by your loved one
  • Pain and suffering incurred as a result of the untimely death of your loved one
  • Emotional distress
  • The financial loss your family has sustained due to your loved one’s passing, especially if you depended on his or her paycheck to maintain your standard of living
  • The cost of medical expenses you had to pay before your loved one passed
  • The loss of guidance that a child requires from his or her parent

How long do I have to file a claim?

If you have lost a loved one, taking legal action is likely the last thing on your mind. But, it is important that you do not wait too long. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. If you do not file within three years, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you may need the help of an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney. Our firm will walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your case.


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.