Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating. It can leave you trying to pick up the pieces and walk through the process of grief while also dealing with unexpected financial losses. This can be difficult, but it is possible that your Maryland family has legal options. If the death of your family member is the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you could have grounds to pursue legal recourse.
In some cases, grieving family members have grounds to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim. If you think this could be an option for you, it may be beneficial for you to explore this option in a timely manner. These cases are time-sensitive, but if you are successful, it could allow you and your loved ones to recoup your financial losses and move forward.
How can you know if you have a case?
Just because you lost a loved one in a tragic manner does not necessarily mean that you have a valid claim to compensation. However, it is always in your interests to explore legal options. Through a civil claim, you may be able to claim recovery for things like medical expenses, funeral costs and even the loss of your loved one’s income. In order to bring a successful wrongful death claim, you will need evidence of the following things:
- Evidence of the death of a person in your family
- Proof that the death of your loved one is the result of the negligence of another person or his or her intention to cause harm
- Evidence that your family is struggling financially as a result of the unexpected loss
- Proof that your family has appointed one person to act as a representative of the estate
Evidence that could be useful for your claim may include medical bills, witness accounts, bank statements and more. Preparation of a wrongful death claim is a crucial component to its success, which is why your family may want to work with an experienced attorney from the very beginning of the process.
During your time of grief, do not overlook the potential recovery that could be available to your family. If you believe that someone else is to blame for your unexpected loss, you may benefit from reaching out for a case assessment to determine if you have grounds to move forward with a wrongful death claim.