Baltimore, MD Wrongful Death Attorney
Ken C. GauveyPersonal Injury Attorney
If the unthinkable happens, and you lose someone you love as a result of someone else’s negligence, Maryland law protects you and your family’s right to recovery. There are two sorts of actions available in these kinds of cases. Family members may pursue a survival action, which is essentially the lawsuit the deceased victim would have been entitled to file but for his death. They may also pursue a wrongful death action, which is intended to compensate the family members and survivors for the loss of someone they loved. Both actions may be and usually are, filed simultaneously. These actions may be filed for death resulting from any wrongful act, which would include an automobile accident, medical malpractice, and death resulting from a defective product or any other negligence.
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It is important to keep in mind that the same legal principles that apply to other kinds of accident cases also apply in wrongful death cases. If the insurance company can prove that the deceased victim was somehow also negligent in causing the accident, it’s possible that nothing will be awarded because of the contributory negligence defense. There are many other principles of law that apply specifically to these cases. For example, the people who may file a wrongful death or a survival action are specifically identified in Maryland statutes. Additionally, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death case does not start running on the date of the accident that results in death; it starts running on the date of the death itself.