If you have recently lost a loved one in an accident, William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Baltimore law office today at (410) 837-2144 to speak with our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers.
In addition to the sadness and grief that comes with the death of a loved one, you may also be concerned about how you are going to make ends meet moving forward. A Baltimore wrongful death lawyer from William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers may be able to assist you with the process.
Though we cannot take away the pain of losing your spouse, sibling, or parent, we might be able to help you file suit against the responsible party and recover the compensation you need to alleviate your financial worries.
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How Our Baltimore Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help You Fight for Compensation
William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers is dedicated to providing the people of Baltimore with outstanding legal services. When you hire our personal injury lawyers in Baltimore to assist you with your wrongful death suit, we will:
Provide You with Sound Legal Advice
As you work through your wrongful death lawsuit, you will almost certainly be forced to make some tricky decisions. If you make the wrong moves, you may harm your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. However, if you can consistently make smart choices, you might be able to boost your odds of walking away with a substantial settlement.
When you work with the legal team at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, in Baltimore, you won’t need to tackle these challenging decisions alone. Our knowledgeable attorneys will be by your side to provide you with the advice you need to make the right calls time after time.
Negotiate a Settlement with the Other Party’s Insurer
Shortly after your wrongful death suit has been filed with the court, the other party’s insurance company may reach out to offer you a settlement deal. In doing so, they might tell you that their offer is non-negotiable – but this is rarely the case. Almost all agreements have some room for maneuver.
Our attorneys have been negotiating wrongful death settlements with Maryland insurance companies for many years. During that time, we have grown to understand exactly what adjusters need to hear before they will offer more generous terms. When we represent you and your family, we will use our knowledge to try to land you a fair settlement deal.
Argue Your Case at Trial
Sometimes, insurance companies are unwilling to offer reasonable settlement terms. Should this scenario happen in your wrongful death case, you will need to take your pursuit of compensation to court. There, a judge and jury will determine how much financial compensation you will receive.
At William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience representing clients in courtrooms throughout the state of Maryland. We understand how to argue a case in a way that will resonate with the judge and jury. When you hire us, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your trial runs smoothly.
Are you ready to hire a wrongful death lawyer from our law firm to help you with your fight for compensation? If so, please reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation at our Baltimore law office.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths in Baltimore?
Every year, hundreds of Baltimore residents are killed because of the negligent, careless, or reckless actions of another party. The most common causes of these deaths include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Drunk, distracted, and otherwise reckless drivers cause accidents on the streets and highways of Baltimore every day. Many of these collisions, unfortunately, result in the death of one or more victims.
When the people of Baltimore go to work in the morning, they expect to return home to their family later in the day. Most get to do just that. Some, however, are killed in fires, falls, and other preventable on-the-job accidents.
Hospitals and clinics are supposed to be places of healing. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals regularly make mistakes that end up killing their patients.
Companies that design and manufacture products are required to ensure that they are safe before selling them to the general public. Unfortunately, they often fail to do so. As a result, products break or malfunction, and consumers lose their lives.
Every year, dozens of Baltimore residents are killed during the commission of a crime. Some are accidentally caught in the crossfire of shootings, while others are viciously assaulted. In either case, the perpetrator is liable for damages.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident or an error by a medical professional, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you have a valid wrongful death claim, all you need to do is call the attorneys at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, in Baltimore.
Who Can File Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Maryland?
Every state has different rules that dictate who can file a wrongful death suit after an individual is killed in an accident. Section 3-904 of the Maryland Code separates the list of people that can pursue compensation into the following two groups:
When an individual is killed in an accident, the state of Maryland prioritizes wrongful death claims from primary beneficiaries. The deceased person’s children, parents, and spouse typically fall into this category.
If the deceased person does not have any known surviving primary beneficiaries, Maryland law then grants the right to pursue financial compensation to their secondary beneficiaries. This category generally includes any blood relatives that were financially dependent on the decedent. In some situations, people who were related to the deceased person by marriage can also file suit.
Would you like to have one of our experienced attorneys help you file a wrongful death suit? Then please do not hesitate to give us a call or contact us online. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist our friends and neighbors here in Baltimore.
How to Prove Fault in a Maryland Wrongful Death Case
During wrongful death lawsuits, plaintiffs are almost always required to prove that the other party is liable for their loved one’s death. In most cases, this means showing the court that:
- The other party owed the victim a duty of care
- The other party’s reckless, careless, or negligent actions breached that duty of care
- That breach of duty caused the victim’s death
There are a multitude of ways to prove these points. However, most plaintiffs do so by presenting the judge and jury with a variety of evidence, such as:
- Police reports
- Surveillance camera footage
- Medical records
- Witness testimony
- Lab test results
- Expert testimony
The attorneys at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, are well-versed in all areas of Maryland civil law – from wrongful death to personal injury. If you need help fighting for the compensation that your family deserves, please reach out to us as soon as possible.
What is the Deadline for Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for almost all wrongful death suits in the state of Maryland is three years. This rule means that grieving families who wish to recover some much-needed compensation must begin the process of filing suit against the responsible party before the third anniversary of their loved one’s death.
Those who miss the filing deadline almost always lose their right to sue.
What Damages Are Available in Maryland Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
When Baltimore families lose a parent, spouse, or sibling, they often suffer severe financial difficulties. These fiduciary challenges can be greatly reduced by the awarding of compensation.
When the attorneys at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, work on wrongful death cases, we almost always demand compensation for many of the following damages:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and marital care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
Would you like to have our skilled attorneys help you recover the compensation you deserve after your loved one’s death? If so, please contact our Baltimore law firm at your earliest convenience. We would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss your case in greater detail.
Your Trusted Wrongful Death Lawyer in Baltimore, MD
The lawyers at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, have been helping the people of Baltimore with their legal issues for many years. When you need someone to stand up and help you fight for compensation after the death of your family member, we will be there for you as well. Reach out to us today to learn more about our legal services and set up a free consultation with a member of our team.
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