Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia: Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Spouses, children and in some cases parents, can file a wrongful death claim in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The best way to determine if you have a right to file a claim is through a no-cost consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys.

What damages can be sought in a wrongful death claim?

  • Typically, wrongful death claims seek damages including:
  • All related medical bills
  • End of life and funeral expenses
  • Projected lifetime earning capacity
  • Projected future financial contributions such as tuition and mortgage payments
  • Loss of a spouse/parent
  • Emotional suffering

The damages available vary by state and each case must be evaluated on its own merits. One of our attorneys will explain the potential claims to you in detail.

How are damages calculated in a wrongful death claim?

Damages such as medical expenses and end-of-life expenses will have a fixed number. It is the other damages that are difficult to ascertain. It is impossible to put a figure on the worth of your loved one’s life, or to completely figure their potential earning capacity. We will work closely with your family to fully understand the financial and emotional losses you have suffered, and fight to get you maximum compensation.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim?

In Washington, DC, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is only one year. The statute of limitations for a survival claim is three years. It is important that you act quickly in order to file your lawsuit prior to the one year period expires. The statute of limitations in Virginia for filing a wrongful death claim is two years and in Maryland is three years. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible to begin working on your case. We will need to investigate your loved one’s death and may need to pull from our network of top medical experts to provide research and testimony. The sooner we can get to work on your case, the better your chances of a successful outcome.

If you have questions about filing a wrongful death claim in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, please contact The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a consultation.

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