When to Pursue a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Any time someone dies in an accident, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. Such lawsuits are usually handled by personal injury lawyers on behalf of the deceased person’s family or estate. The purpose of this legal action is to compensate the family or the estate of the deceased for pain and suffering, lost income, and other deprivations arising from the deceased’s untimely demise. Here in Maryland, Attorney Jobeth Bowers of Bowers Law Baltimore has successfully represented scores of families who’ve lost loved ones in an accident.
To be perfectly clear, a wrongful death suit is a civil action, not a criminal action. It seeks not the imprisonment of the offending party but only compensatory damages.
Sometimes a wrongful death suit will follow a conviction in a criminal case. It isn’t, however, a mandatory consequence of conviction. Nor is conviction a prerequisite for it. It’s entirely up to the family or the estate of the deceased to file for wrongful death – or not. If pursued, this civil action can ensure that the offending party is held responsible for the wrongful death even if that party isn’t charged with a crime. Both economic, including medical expenses, and non-economic damages can be sought.
Attorney Jobeth Bowers is intimately familiar with the Maryland laws imposing liability and specifying who can be held responsible in wrongful death cases. He knows well how devastating such cases can be for families, too, and thus treats every case with utmost diligence and compassion. If you and your family have lost a loved one as the result of an accident, please call 410-975-7000 or otherwise contact Bowers Law Baltimore today.