When to Consult a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Southern Maryland
If a loved one has died because of the actions of another, it may be possible to file a wrongful death suit against the wrongdoer. This can be true whether the death was the result of willful actions, recklessness, or negligence. However, not all deaths support wrongful death claims. Speaking with a wrongful death lawyer in Southern Maryland is the first step in determining whether or not a wrongful death suit is possible.
Examples of Wrongful Death
- Murder/Manslaughter: Many people do not realize that murder and/or manslaughter can form the foundation of a wrongful death claim. This is true even if a defendant is acquitted of murder or manslaughter in a criminal trial because the burden of proof in a civil trial is lower than the burden of proof in a criminal trial. For example, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering Ronald Goldman, but Goldman’s family obtained a substantial wrongful death judgment against Simpson.
- Automobile Accidents: Automobile accidents are one of the most frequent types of wrongful death claims. If a person would have been held responsible for injuries to a living person, they can probably be held responsible for the death of the deceased. This is true whether the deceased was also driving an automobile, was on a bicycle, was a passenger, or was a pedestrian.
- Medical Malpractice: When the patient is deceased, proving medical malpractice can be challenging. However, doctors, nurses, and medical facilities may be held liable if they failed to follow standard medical protocols when treating the patient.
- Defective Products: If a product is dangerous when used in the way that the product was intended to be used, the manufacturer or distributor may be liable in a defective products claim. Because products can be defective in multiple ways and often pass through an extensive supply chain, there may be multiple possibilities for lawsuits in a defective products-based wrongful death claim.
Talk to a Lawyer
Talking to a wrongful death lawyer in Southern Maryland is the best way to determine whether circumstances would support a wrongful death claim. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.