Washington DC and Maryland Wrongful Death Law Firm

When negligence is the cause of someone’s death, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the person’s survivors. For example, if a family member dies in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, then you can file a lawsuit for your loss. A wrongful death case is also filed when someone dies due to the negligence of a hospital, doctor, nurse or other health care professional.

There are two types of claims that may be filed in court when someone dies due to negligence: a wrongful death claim and a survival action.

A wrongful death claim is filed by the family for their loss. This includes the loss of financial support experienced by the survivors due to their loved one’s death.

A survival action is filed by the Personal Representative of the estate on behalf of the decedent. A survival action seeks to recover damages suffered by decedent such as loss of future income, medical expenses and pain and suffering experienced by the victim prior to the time of passing.

If you believe that your family member died due to someone else’s negligence, then you may have a claim for wrongful death. Call us for more information.

We will closely examine all the evidence and let you know whether you can pursue a case. If you can, you will have an aggressive litigator on your side and direct communication with your attorney.

We have the experience of going up against large insurance companies and other conglomerates in order to provide some measure of peace. Contact us for a full investigation of your case in order to determine whether negligence was the cause of death. If there was negligence, we will find the evidence. 

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims

There is a time limit for initiating a wrongful death lawsuit. In Washington, D.C. you have two years to file suit and in Maryland you have three years from the date of the death to make a claim. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

Wrongful death cases are complicated. These cases require extensive investigations in order to provide you with excellent representation. If medical negligence was the cause of death, we will need to consult with expert medical practitioners. A review of medical records must be done carefully and thoroughly with particular attention to detail. An exhaustive review takes time. If the cause of death was a car accident or occurred at a construction site, we need accident reconstruction experts to help us fully understand all the events that led to the tragic outcome. If you wait too long to contact a lawyer, you may be unable to pursue a case. When you reach out to us, your personal injury attorney will thoroughly analyze your case and conduct a full investigation to determine a proper strategy.

I Cannot Afford to Hire An Attorney. Can You Help?

We work on a contingency basis which means that you will not pay us anything for our services unless we are successful in resolving your case. In the case of a favorable outcome, our fee is a percentage of the total amount recovered. If we are not able to obtain a favorable outcome, then you owe us nothing for our time or expenses.


Please contact us for more information about your case so that we may determine the best course of action.

You can count on our total dedication to you. We rely on the best experts to help us evaluate your case. With our firm on your side, you will have an attorney directly available to you.  Contact us at 202-330-6290 or info@serranolegal.com for a free initial consultation if you suffered a serious injury.


If you allege that that the District of Columbia government is at fault for a wrongful death, then you must act quickly and contact a personal injury attorney. You only have 6 months to file a claim with the District of Columbia Government before filing a lawsuit in court. Please contact us for more information.