If you have lost a family member or loved one due to the wrongful acts of a medical professional or facility, you may not know where to turn. Money may be the last thing on your mind when you’re dealing with the traumatic loss of a relative, but it’s important to act quickly to ensure that you are thoroughly compensated. Learn more about wrongful death lawsuits in Maryland, and call the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek for help.
Only Certain Family Members can Apply
According to the Code of Maryland 3-904, only certain family members are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Applicable family members include the spouse, parent, or child of the deceased individual. If there is no living spouse, parent, or child associated with the deceased, a family member may file a wrongful death claim. He or she must be related to the deceased by blood or marriage and must demonstrate that they were dependent upon the deceased.
The Statute of Limitations
Maryland law requires family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit within three years of the loved one’s death. If the deceased family member passed away due to an occupational disease, the spouse, parent, or child must present their claim within ten years of the time of death or three years from the time that the cause of death was defined as the occupational disease.
The estate can recover both economic and non-economic damages. While Maryland law does not limit economic damages such as medical bills, it places a cap on noneconomic damages such as emotional loss. Under the Code of Maryland 3-2A-09, the noneconomic damages limit increases by $15,000 each year. There are exceptions to the rule, however. For example, if the wrongful death actions involve two or more beneficiaries, the state increases the noneconomic damages limit.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.