Depending on where the wrongful death was caused, the following damages may be available:
- The loss of income the victim would have earned in the future
- The loss of benefits provided through the victim's job, such as health insurance or a pension
- Any expense caused by the death, such as the cost of medical care, a funeral, or burial
- The loss of an inheritance you might otherwise have received
- The loss of the victim's care, companionship, love and support
- In some areas, the pain and suffering of the victim before death
- Emotional anguish suffered by family members of the victim
- Occasionally, punitive damages intended to punish the wrongdoer for outright illegal actions or behavior showing indifference to human life
We strongly recommend that you hire competent counsel to advise you regarding your rights. This area of the law is very complicated in part because it depends largely on where the wrongful death occurred and in what Court a resulting lawsuit could be brought.
It is important to realize that there is a distinct deadline in every jurisdiction for making claims arising from a wrongful death. For example, in the District, you have just one year after the death to file a wrongful death claim (3 years to file a survival action). This means it's very important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible about a potential case.
If you have lost a loved one to negligent, careless, reckless or illegal behavior in the greater Washington, D.C. or Baltimore area (including surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia), you may be able to make a legal claim for the emotional and financial injuries you have suffered. For a free evaluation of your case, you should contact us as soon as possible by filling out our online case evaluation form or calling 1-866-463-0303 or 202-463-0303.