Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Washington D.C. | What You Need to Know

There is nothing worse than losing a loved one due to another party’s negligence. Unfortunately, if this has recently happened to you, you are not alone. While financial compensation can never replace a lost loved one, it can help cover the cost of various expenses incurred as a result of the other party’s negligence. Our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys are here to help you through this difficult time. Read on and speak with our firm to learn more about wrongful death lawsuits and how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington D.C.?

Not everyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. In Washington D.C., only children, parents, siblings, spouses, and domestic partners are the only individuals who can file wrongful death lawsuits. If you are any of those people, however, our firm is ready to help you through every step of the claims process ahead.

What can I recover in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits can cover the cost of various hardships incurred as a result of the fatal injury, including 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 will I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington D.C.?

Oftentimes, family members of those who passed away wrongfully will wait to file their claim, as they simply wish to focus on giving themselves the time they need to heal. However, though these are difficult times, you should not wait to file your wrongful death lawsuit, as there is a statute of limitations in place. The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, meaning that you will, generally, have three years from the date of the accident to take legal action against the liable party. Our firm is ready to help you and your family 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.