Losing someone you love is one of life’s most difficult experiences. The grief and pain are compounded when your loved one’s death is a result of someone else’s negligence. Even though there are laws in place that require careful attention to prevent injuries and deaths, human error and carelessness can still occur. When negligence does cause death, Wrongful Death and Survival Act laws address the problem. These laws vary greatly by state and jurisdiction—-especially in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area –regarding the available compensation a relative of the deceased is eligible to recover
If you are a surviving parent, spouse, or child of someone who had lost their life because of someone else, your loss impacts you in many ways. While no amount of money can replace someone you love, it is crucial that you contact us promptly to determine if you have a viable legal case to financially compensate you for your loss.
Time is important in such claims, as delays in contacting a lawyer can lead to loss of evidence or, if the delay is substantial, the loss of your right to pursue such a case.
According to the District of Columbia Code, wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years (for Maryland, it is three years) of the person’s death. Here at The Lapidus Law Firm, we understand that you have a lot to cope with, and we will work to obtain a fair settlement so you can focus on caring for yourself. We handle the legalities while keeping you informed, while you focus on your own well-being.
Causes of Wrongful Death
If you have a loved one who died because of one of the following, contact us as soon as possible:
- Medical Malpractice
- Automobile Collision
- Falls in stores, parking lots, restaurants, etc.
- Public Transportation Accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Driving Under the Influence
Effects of Wrongful Death
While you may be feeling like you don’t have the emotional stamina to begin legal proceedings for a wrongful death claim, it’s important that you seek legal advice as a first step. The repercussions of losing someone significant to your life can be both financial and emotional.
If you are the next of kin, you might be responsible for expenses incurred by a spouse which were unpaid at the time of death. Funeral expenses are also recoverable. If you were financially dependent on the deceased, you would also face the challenge of lost wages and support.
Grief is an obvious but significant effect of loss. While grief is not a compensable item of recoverable damages under D.C. law, grief and other forms of emotional loss, most certainly are compensable if Maryland law applies. While no amount of money can replace a human being, the recovery of compensation can lead to financial stability going forward and the quality of life your departed loved one would want you to have.
How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
Our experienced team at The Lapidus Law Firm has extensive knowledge of wrongful death proceedings in Washington, DC, as well as in Maryland; we can inform you of your rights. We can go over the details of your case to determine if you have a legal case which is likely to result in a recovery— either through a fair and reasonable settlement or a jury trial.
We have access to a wide range of legal resources and are adept at conducting a thorough investigation and keeping you informed as the case progresses.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Washington, DC and Maryland
If you are the next of kin or beneficiary of a parent, spouse, or child who has lost their life due to negligence in Washington, DC, contact our experienced team at The Lapidus Law Firm at 202-785-5111 today. We offer a free, no obligation consultation so you can provide the details of your case and learn your rights.