January 26, 2017 Serving Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Crofton, Waldorf, Bowie, Prince Frederick, and Surrounding Areas. Sometimes negligence can be fatal. When a life is lost because a person or organization was reckless, careless or otherwise negligent, the fatality is called a wrongful death. Jaklitsch Law Group: Wrongful Death Attorney Call for a Free Consultation: (301) 627-8700 or 866-586-6079 In cases involving wrongful death, the family members of the deceased may have a right to recover compensation for the pain and suffering their loved one endured before passing, as well as for their loss of the companionship and financial support of their loved one. Of course, medical bills and property damage are also the responsibility of the liable party. Unintentional Injuries & Wrongful Death According to Centers For Disease Control statistics, from 2002 to 2012, the leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and adults up to age 44 is unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries can include fatal accidents and some of the most common types of wrongful death claims. Medical malpractice Automobile accidents On-the-job accidents Various products liability claims Alcohol-related accidents Safety negligence Wrongful death claims are any cases in which someone is fatally injured or killed due to the negligence or intentional acts of another party. Wrongful Death Claims The state of Maryland allows wrongful death claims to be filed by immediate family members. Beneficiaries would include a spouse, a parent (even of adult children), or the child (even if adult) of the decedent parent. If there are no surviving spouses, parents, or children in the wrongful death case of your friend or loved one, contact our team to discuss if a secondary beneficiary may be eligible to file a claim. Damages In A Wrongful Death Suit In the state of Maryland, there is a limit to the amount of non-economic damages that can be claimed. For example, while “loss of love and support” and “loss of companionship” are legitimate claims deserving compensation in a valid wrongful death claim, there is a cap on how much that compensation can be. On the other hand, there is not a limit or cap to the amount of economic damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death suit. Economic damages could include: Income – the income that victim was projected to have made over the rest of his or her lifetime is taken into consideration Goods and Services – particularly when a victim had a skill that provided goods or services of some value Benefits – the victim’s loss of future benefits (E.g. medical benefits or pension plans) Inheritance – The loss of inheritance could be considered damages in a wrongful death claim Medical Expenses – the medical expenses from an injury leading to death Funeral Expenses – the funeral costs should be considered damages in a wrongful death case At the Jaklitsch Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys go the extra mile to help clients whose family member died a wrongful death. We walk them through the process, open the estate, help them handle the medical bills and provide assistance in every way we can. Our attorneys may refer clients to psychologists and mental health professionals to help them through the grieving process. “We do the work. We carry the ball. We try to make life as easy as possible for our clients during this difficult time.” —Attorney Richard Jaklitsch Law Group Once initial arrangements are made, we focus on maximizing the financial compensation for our client. As accomplished trial attorneys, we stand up before the jury and keep the memory of the deceased in front of them. We make certain jury members know who this person was so they understand the true depth of the loss. Contact an Upper Marlboro Wrongful Death Lawyer If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, please contact an attorney at the Jaklitsch Law Group today to arrange a free consultation. Our lawyers will treat you and your family with the greatest respect and compassion as we protect your rights and pursue compensation for your loss. From our office in Upper Marlboro and Annapolis, we represent injured people throughout Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County and in southern Maryland (Baltimore, Bowie, Suitland-Silver Hill, Greenbelt, Waldorf, Saint Charles, Clinton, Parole, Prince Frederick and Columbia).