Your child was simply along for the ride, a passenger in a car that was involved in a horrific Maryland car accident. Someone made a careless mistake, and just like that your precious little one was gone forever. The pain and anger threatens to overwhelm. How do you move past this? How can you make that person pay?
Nothing can fully compensate for the loss of your child, but you have every right to request damages from the at-fault driver. If you are considering a wrongful death lawsuit, here are a few things you should know:
Payment for Actual Expenses
The largest portion of a wrongful death claim in Maryland is for economic damages. This may include any medical bills, the funeral, and burial costs for your child. In some cases, you may also be able to recoup damages for the loss of any wages or future earnings of your child. There is no cap on the amount of economic damages you can get.
Compensation for Emotional Loss
You may also be awarded an extra amount for what is known as non-economic damages. This is an attempt to partially compensate you for your own pain and suffering, for the loss of companionship you are experiencing from the death of your child. There is a limit to this portion of the settlement.
Take Your Time
When you’re dealing with overwhelming grief and pain from the recent death of a child, you may be in no mood to start tackling the legal system. You don’t have to begin right away. In most cases you have three years from the date of the fatal Maryland car accident before you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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