Wrongful Death

TRUSTED PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYSHaskell & Dyer's Advocacy in Wrongful Death Cases

The loss of a loved one is immeasurably painful; when that loss is sudden and due to another’s negligence, the heartbreak is compounded by a thirst for justice. In the serene landscapes of Upper Marlboro and Prince Frederick, where communities are tightly-knit and memories linger on every corner, such a loss can feel even more profound.

Haskell & Dyer stands as a beacon of hope and solace for families navigating this overwhelming terrain. We are not just legal professionals; we are compassionate advocates who deeply understand the gravitas of your grief and the weight of the journey you’re embarking on. We shoulder the legal burdens so you can focus on healing and remembrance.

Our legacy in wrongful death litigation has been forged from a sincere commitment to restoring justice and dignity to families broken by negligence. We meticulously unravel the complexities of each case, relentlessly pursuing accountability from those responsible, and securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.

In Upper Marlboro and Prince Frederick, where community ties run deep, Haskell & Dyer is your unwavering ally. Because when tragedy strikes close to home, it’s not just about legal redress—it’s about finding a path to healing, understanding, and eventually, peace. Let us stand by you in this quest, reminding you that while the journey may be long and fraught, you are never alone.

TOP RATED SOUTHERN MARYLAND ATTORNEYSExamples of Wrongful Death and Their Explanations

  1. Medical Malpractice: This occurs when a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional fails to provide the standard of care expected of them, leading to a patient’s death. For instance, a surgeon might make a preventable error during an operation, or a doctor might prescribe a medication that causes a fatal allergic reaction. In these situations, despite the complexities of medicine, there’s an expectation that professionals should act with due care.
  2. Motor Vehicle Accidents: When a driver’s negligence, recklessness, or violation of traffic laws results in a fatal accident, it’s a case of wrongful death. For example, if a driver was texting while driving and crashed into another car, causing the death of its occupant, the distracted driver could be held responsible for that death because they failed to maintain safe driving practices.
  3. Workplace Accidents: In industries like construction or manufacturing, there are explicit safety protocols in place. If an employer fails to maintain a safe work environment, and a worker dies as a result — perhaps due to malfunctioning equipment or lack of proper protective gear — it’s a wrongful death. The responsibility lies with the employer for not ensuring the safety of their employees.
  4. Product Liability: Manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for consumers. If a person dies because of a product’s design defect or because they weren’t adequately warned about its dangers, it’s a case of wrongful death. For instance, if a child’s toy has a detachable small part that a child could easily swallow and choke on, and this risk isn’t clearly indicated, the manufacturer could be held responsible for any fatalities that result.
  5. Premises Liability: Property owners must maintain a safe environment. If someone dies due to unsafe conditions on a property, the owner can be held liable. Imagine a situation where a guest at a hotel drowns in a pool because there wasn’t a clear marking of its depth, or there was no lifeguard on duty despite the pool’s size and depth. The hotel could be deemed responsible for not ensuring the safety of its guests.

In each of these examples, the key element is a duty of care that was breached, directly leading to someone’s death. The wrongful death claims aim to provide recompense to the deceased’s loved ones, although nothing can truly compensate for the loss of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a wrongful death claim in Maryland?

In Maryland, a wrongful death claim arises when a person’s death is caused by the negligence, wrongful act, or fault of another individual or entity. Essentially, if the deceased would have had grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit had they survived, their loved ones can pursue a wrongful death claim. Common examples include deaths resulting from car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace incidents, and defective products.

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland?

Initially, the law allows the primary beneficiaries — usually the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased — to file a wrongful death claim. If these primary beneficiaries do not exist or do not wish to file a claim, secondary beneficiaries like siblings, nieces, nephews, or other relatives may be eligible. The team at Haskell & Dyer can help determine your eligibility and guide you through the process.

How is compensation determined in a wrongful death claim, and what damages can be pursued?

Compensation in a wrongful death claim can cover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can include medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages. Non-economic damages pertain to the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their passing and the emotional trauma endured by the surviving loved ones. In Maryland, there are specific caps on non-economic damages, but each case is unique. The experienced attorneys at Haskell & Dyer will work diligently to ensure families receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to.