Statutes of Limitations

Timely Closure in a Wrongful Death Case

If you have lost someone you care about – a child, a spouse or a parent – in an accident, the last thing on your mind may be getting an attorney. And even if you do consider that, you may understandably delay in taking action. There are many reasons, however, why it is in your best interest to retain the services of a wrongful death lawyer in Hanover, Maryland as soon as possible – not least of which is the statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit.

At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, as a legal team representing clients in Hanover & Annapolis, MD, it is our job to guide you through the process and make you feel comfortable with your decisions. It is our goal to make sure that you get full and fair compensation.

Maryland's Statute of Limitation on Wrongful Death: Three Years

We cannot make the pain of the loss go away – but we can make sure that your financial future is more secure. One way we, as your wrongful death lawyers, do that is to make certain that your claim is filed in a proper and timely manner. In most cases, you have three years from the time of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death action (in other words, to sue the negligent party), although there are exceptions. For instance, if the death was caused by exposure to a toxic substance at a workplace and in the course of employment, you may have up to ten years from the date of death to file an action.

Who can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

Most commonly, wrongful death actions are filed by the spouse of the deceased, the spouse and the minor children, or the parents. If there are no minor children, adult children – but not stepchildren – may file. If there are no other heirs, siblings of the deceased may file.

Filing for wrongful death is a complex legal procedure that may be further complicated by changes in the laws regarding marriage and domestic partnerships. An experienced personal injury attorney at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP understands the laws surrounding wrongful death lawsuits and can ensure you receive the financial compensation you need to cover final expenses — and give you the security your loved one would want you to have.

Representing clients in Maryland & Washington D.C. for more than a decade

At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, our AV-rated attorneys have the experience you need and the compassion you deserve when you are dealing with the wrongful death of a family member. To learn more about how we can help, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111 to schedule a free consultation. We serve Annapolis and other areas of Maryland from our office in Hanover.