Baltimore Wrongful Death Attorneys
The State’s Leading Litigation Firm
The unjust loss of a loved one or family member can leave you feeling robbed of companionship, time, guidance, and love. The law agrees—it gives you the right to seek compensation from those responsible. At Snyder & Snyder, we have extensive success holding others accountable for their negligence and reckless actions that lead to wrongful death. Our mission is simple: get you the money you need through aggressive, effective, and strategic legal representation.
Why you can trust The Law Office of Snyder & Snyder, P.A.:
- We never take a case unless we intend to take it all the way to a verdict.
- We are highly-regarded in the legal community for our approach to the law.
- We have over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements* for our clients.
- We only offer contingency fees to clients—you don’t pay unless we win the case.
Contact The Law Office of Snyder & Snyder, P.A. today by calling (410) 983-3535. We offer free case consultations, so there’s nothing to lose by calling.
What Is Wrongful Death?
The term wrongful death refers to a situation where an individual’s death was caused by medical error or neglect. Examples of wrongful death cases include failure to diagnose a condition such as cancer that causes death, nursing home neglect, and medical and surgical errors that lead to a death. Most, if not all, of these situations are preventable with proper medical care and treatment.
Your Legal Options
When a loved one dies due to medical malpractice or catastrophic injuries, there are two types of claims that may be brought to trial by our Baltimore wrongful death lawyers. The first claim is called a survivor action and it is for the pain and suffering and other losses suffered by the deceased individual from the time of the malpractice through the time of their death. This action is brought by the personal representative of the estate of the deceased individual.
The second type of claim is called a wrongful death claim and it can be brought by the surviving loved ones of the deceased, including the parents of the deceased, the spouse, and the children of the deceased. These claims are for the emotional distress suffered as a result of the loss of the loved one and for any loss of financial support.
Medical negligence lawyers at Snyder & Snyder can help you prepare for a wrongful death claim and represent you and your family in the wake of a loved one’s death, giving you the time to grieve while we fight for you in court. While we can never replace the loss suffered, we are here to answer all your questions and to advise you of your legal rights.
If you believe that your loved one’s death may have been caused by medical malpractice or neglect, call the wrongful death lawyers at Snyder & Snyder for a free consultation.
How Is Wrongful Death Different than Murder?
Wrongful death suits are intended to provide financial support to the victim’s surviving family members. If there is a criminal action pending against a suspect, the surviving family members are still able to file a wrongful death action. The criminal action does not preclude a civil lawsuit. Even if the suspect is found not guilty in the murder case, it is possible to get a judgment against the suspect in civil court.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
As with any personal injury case, there are time limits that restrict the period of time during which a person can initiate legal proceedings. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in Maryland is three years from the date of the victim’s death.
However, if the death was caused by exposure to a toxic substance in the workplace, the lawsuit may be filed within 3 years of the date when the cause of death was discovered, or 10 years of the date of death. Because exceptions to the statute of limitations apply, contact a lawyer to discuss your case.
When Should I Contact an Attorney?
If another person’s negligence has contributed to your loved one’s death, contact a lawyer immediately. A wrongful death attorney can evaluate the situation and help you understand your legal rights. Although it is impossible to bring your loved one back, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover financially for the financial and emotional losses you have suffered.
Call (410) 983-3535 to speak with our litigation team today—we are ready to answer your questions.