Monday, June 6, 2011
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE? What is a wrongful death action?
In other chapters, what some Baltimore personal injury lawyers might call "garden variety" negligence is discussed. Car accidents, slips, falls and the like- where the injuries might be mild to serious, but not life threatening. What if someone's conduct leads to the death of another? Baltimore personalinjury law provides that where a "wrongful act" [an act, including criminal conduct, neglect, or improper operation of a vessel] causes the death of another, an action against that person may be maintained, and must generally be filed within 3 years. The action is to be for the benefit of a spouse, child or parent, although not necessarily brought my them. Knowledgeable Baltimorepersonal injury lawyers know that if there is not a spouse, child or parent, then the action shall be for the benefit of a blood or marital relative who was dependent on the decedent for support. A spouse, child or parent may recover as their damages: monetary loss, mental anguish, emotional pain, loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, care, attention, advice, counsel ,training, and guidance as applicable.