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Losing a loved one is never easy, but our grief is compounded by the knowledge that our loss could have been prevented if another person had only acted with proper care. At the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, we represent parents, spouses, children, and others who have lost precious loved ones as a result of medical malpractice and negligence. We know we cannot go back and prevent your loss, but we can take action now to hold at-fault parties accountable and seek justice in your family member’s name.

Peace of mind and financial support are the byproducts of a successful wrongful death lawsuit, helping families face more stable futures. Taking legal action can also increase awareness of the dangers posed by medical malpractice, preventable birth injuries, and all types of negligence to improve conditions for future generations.

To learn more about your right to take legal action, call our Maryland wrongful death lawyer at (410) 220-6581. Your consultation is free and confidential.

What is Wrongful Death?

First, you must realize the definition of wrongful death. According to the Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, wrongful death is a fatality that occurs after someone’s negligence, criminal behavior or professional misconduct resulted in the death of someone else. For example, wrongful death cases often result after a car accident in which the responsible party had been driving recklessly or was intoxicated.

Causes of Wrongful Death & Holding At-Fault Parties Accountable

Negligence by any person or company can have tragic results, claiming innocent lives and leaving families without loved ones. Our firm takes on wrongful death cases involving:

  • Preventable birth injuries
  • Delayed C-sections
  • Mismanaged childbirth complications
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Failures to diagnose/treat bacterial meningitis
  • Any negligence by healthcare professionals
  • General negligence

To qualify as wrongful death, certain requirements must be met. You may need to show that the death caused a financial injury to your family, such as significant medical and funeral expenses or lost wages. This may be a difficult time, but obtaining compensation for a wrongful death may hold the responsible party accountable for their actions, as well as give you some closure

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Maryland’s Wrongful Death allows two classes of people to file a wrongful death claim, primary beneficiaries, and secondary beneficiaries. Primary beneficiaries are parents, spouse, and children of the deceased. If they elect to bring a claim any compensation recovered would be awarded to the primary beneficiaries only.

Secondary beneficiaries are siblings, nieces or nephews, cousins, or other relatives. In cases where there are no surviving primary beneficiaries or they cannot bring a claim to court, a secondary beneficiary may file.

The personal representative can also bring a survival action on behalf of the estate of the decedent for the decedent’s own causally related conscious pain and suffering before death and any economic damages due to the estate such as funeral expenses and medical bills causally related to the negligence that resulted in the wrongful death.

Don't Wait to Get Help

Your future is forever altered, but there is hope. Seek stability and answers with Maryland wrongful death attorney Michael Bereston by your side. He has 30 years of experience and is passionate about helping others through his legal practice.

Call our firm today at (410) 220-6581 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our office is based in Annapolis, MD, and we help families across the U.S.

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