When you suffer the wrongful death of a loved one due to the negligent or reckless conduct of someone else — whether in a vehicle crash, foreseeable third party criminal act, or otherwise — you may have rights. These pages cannot by any means cover every topic related to wrongful death, but provide some information so that you can understand and engage with your rights. To discuss these matters in more detail with experienced attorneys, call us at 202-643-2525 (Ryan) or 202-524-0123 (Jacob).
Each of the jurisdictions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region have important distinctions in the laws applicable to wrongful death. The various laws have drastic impact on the amount of financial compensation recoverable in wrongful death. For example, in Virginia, the parents and siblings of a decedent with no spouse or children can recover. In Maryland, only the parents are “primary beneficiaries” in that case. While these distinctions are subtle, they reflect different legislative priorities among the three jurisdictions in which Posey Lebowitz PLLC primarily practices.