wrongful death

Losing a family member suddenly and without warning is a painful and tragic event. However, when a relative’s death is the result of someone else’s acts or negligence, the pain can be amplified by feelings that their death was senseless, needless, and avoidable.

If their death was caused by someone else’s wrongful acts or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible parties. You and your family may be able to seek the compensation and justice you deserve through a wrongful death claim.

Our Charles County wrongful death attorney, Matt Trollinger, has helped families in Charles County and throughout Maryland and D.C. pursue financial recovery and justice from individuals and companies who were responsible for their loved one’s death.

If your relative’s death may have been caused by someone else’s wrongful acts, contact our Charles County wrongful death attorney today. We can schedule a free consultation so you can get more information more about your family’s legal rights and options and learn how our wrongful death attorney can help your family seek justice and recovery.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Maryland?

Maryland law specifically identifies the categories of people who may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of a family member. Maryland law divides eligible parties into two categories: primary beneficiaries and secondary beneficiaries.

Primary beneficiaries include a surviving spouse, surviving children, and surviving parents of a deceased individual. A primary beneficiary has first opportunity to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of themselves and all other eligible primary beneficiaries and on behalf of the deceased individual’s estate. If a primary beneficiary files a wrongful death lawsuit, any award is distributed only to the eligible primary beneficiaries.

Secondary beneficiaries include more distant relatives, such as siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews. If a deceased individual has no primary beneficiaries, or if no primary beneficiary is willing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, a secondary beneficiary may bring the lawsuit on behalf of all primary beneficiaries (if any) and secondary beneficiaries.

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