Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

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After the death of a loved one, you and your family are not only navigating grief and a new normal, but you may also have to deal with financial setbacks. If your loved one provided the main source of income for your household, you could be left without one. If your loved one required extensive medical assistance before their death, you and your family could be saddled with the bills after your loved one passes away. Funeral and burial costs are expensive. If the death was sudden, you may not have been prepared to properly say goodbye to your loved one. If your family member was killed due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit, so it’s important to know the wrongful death statute of limitations laws in order to plan your actions.

woman head on man's shoulder from the backThe Regan Zambri Long wrongful death lawyers deeply understand what you and your family are going through. We know that we cannot change what happened to your loved one, but we are confident we can provide even the smallest comfort in the form of financial compensation and a sense of justice. We offer a free consultation for new clients. You will have the chance to speak with a compassionate DC lawyer who will walk you through the wrongful death lawsuit process. Call today to get the claims process started.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death claim is filed by the family members of a person whose death was caused by negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or intentional conduct. Your loved one’s death could have been caused by a car accident, a truck accident, medical malpractice cases, slip and fall accidents, product liability cases, and many others. The damages you and your family would be eligible to receive in a wrongful death case are:

What Is the Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is simply a law that sets the maximum amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim against someone else. The wrongful death statute of limitations is different in every state. The clock starts ticking from the date the death occurred. The Regan Zambri Long law firm practices across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in those jurisdictions are:

wrongful death statute of limitationsWhile the wrongful death statute of limitations may seem like a long time, if you do not file a claim before the window closes, you may forfeit your ability to claim any financial compensation. The safest thing you can do is reach out to a Regan Zambri Long wrongful death attorney who can guide you through the wrongful death claims process smoothly and efficiently. Don’t let the statute of limitations for wrongful death hinder your chances to recover damages. Call Regan Zambri Long today.

Our lawyers know our clients don’t want this process to go on for one second longer than it has to – that is why our lawyers make themselves available to you at all times. We work with a team of legal experts who will work within the statute of limitations and build a case so you can recover fair compensation and start to rebuild your life as quickly as possible.

People Eligible for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The laws in the DC Metro Area are very clear regarding wrongful death cases. Regan Zambri Long wrongful death lawyers practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and are experts in the laws of each jurisdiction.


The beneficiaries of wrongful death claims in Maryland can be the victim’s spouse, parents, and children. If the victim is not married and does not have children or parents, another relative (by blood or marriage) may claim compensation if he or she was financially dependent on the victim.


According to Virginia law, a wrongful death claim must be brought by the deceased’s personal representative. Whoever the victim appointed in his or her will or by the state will have the ability to file the claim. Even though a personal representative is the one who needs to legally file the claim, the beneficiaries who can collect the compensation from the lawsuit are the deceased’s spouse and children. If other family members (such as parents, or siblings) were financially dependent on the deceased, they may also be eligible to recover damages from wrongful death cases.

Washington, DC

Like Virginia, Washington, DC law states that a personal representative of the deceased must be the one who files a wrongful death claim. The beneficiaries of the lawsuit would be the victim’s spouse and children. If the victim was unmarried and did not have children, the damages may be awarded to the victim’s parents, siblings, or other next of kin.

How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Part of our job as lawyers is to help you understand every part of the claims process. Our wrongful death lawyers will update you during every step and make sure you understand what is going on at all times. The steps of a wrongful death claim are:

Determine fault

The first step of any claim is to determine who is at fault for the accident. This could be just one party, or it could be multiple parties. The Regan Zambri Long lawyers will research, interview, and investigate to make sure all negligent parties are held accountable for their actions – we will pursue a claim against each responsible party.

File the claim

Making a mistake in the paperwork, or not following the statute of limitations laws could get your wrongful death lawsuit thrown out. When you work with a Regan Zambri Long wrongful death lawyer, we will make sure all the paperwork is filled out properly and filed on time. Your lawyer will do the heavy lifting – all you will have to focus on is your family’s recovery.

Present your case to a judge or jury

patrick reganYour Regan Zambri Long attorney will work with a team of legal experts, as well as other professionals to build a rock-solid case to secure fair compensation. If a settlement comes back that is not favorable to you, we will pursue your claim in court.

Regan Zambri Long’s law firm is often referred to by smaller law firms in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. They realize that our firm has the financial backing and the resources to take on large insurance companies and see cases through until the very end. If your wrongful death lawsuit goes to court, your lawyer will be prepared to fiercely fight for your rights to get a verdict that will award you the compensation you deserve.

At Regan Zambri Long, we understand the hard time you and your family members are going through. Let us carry the weight of the claims process  and the wrongful death statute of limitations laws so you can focus on grieving well and getting your family back on their feet.

Call today for your free consultation with a seasoned wrongful death attorney to get started.

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