Baltimore, MD asked in Wrongful Death for Maryland

Q: My husband was the sole earner in our family but he was killed in a car crash. Will a wrongful death settlement cover

his future earnings, and for how long?

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3 Lawyer Answers
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
Answered
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Future earnings are just one type of damage you can claim. However, how much you can recover will depend on the insurance coverages available as well as the defendant’s assets. Call a lawyer to discuss thecaim.

Thomas Neary
Thomas Neary
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  • Catonsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: I am sorry for your loss. That is terrible.

Yes, lost earnings will be includable as part of the damages you can claim. The amount is based upon salary, projected future earnings as well as things like expected life expectancy which is a figure set out by the government. This is not the only amount of damages though.

A big issue that my colleague referenced in his answer and you reference is whether the settlement will cover the loss you suffered. Obviously, nothing can make your families loss better but whether you will be able to recover future lost wages in a settlement will depend partly on how much insurance coverage or assets are available to pay any settlement. This will depend on who the other party/parties were in the accident and how well insured they were.

This is the type of case where having a good attorney on the side of your family can be very helpful. I recommend you contact one to work through this on your behalf.

Again, sorry for your loss.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Speak with the attorney involved. If the claim is against another driver, the claim will be limited by that driver's insurance, and any underinsured coverage on the car. If there's a claim against the makers of the car he was in, then that should cover lost wages. If you don't have an attorney you'd want to contact one. If you need names feel free to call me.

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