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Wrongful Death

Laurel Wrongful Death Attorneys

Handling Your Case with Compassion & Respect

Few experiences in life are as difficult to process psychologically as the sudden or accidental death of a husband, wife, mother, father, son, or daughter. If a family member died in an accident or as the result of someone's negligence, you need time to grieve.

Our Laurel wrongful death attorneys at McGowan & Cecil, LLC have worked with enough bereaved family members to understand a family's need to take time for mourning and burial of the deceased, but we also need to act promptly to preserve any evidence—be assured that the defense is doing so.

At McGowan & Cecil, we act with dignity, compassion, and respect. The sooner after an accident an investigation gets underway, the more likely it is that the true cause of the accident will be discovered, and the negligent party held accountable.

Let us help you. Contact our firm to arrange a free consultation with our competent attorneys at (301) 761-2007.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Maryland, both a survivor's claim and a wrongful death claim may be filed. The personal representative of the estate files the survival claim, and designated beneficiaries are eligible to file the wrongful death claim.

We make ourselves available to family members who have suffered the loss of loved ones in accidents such as the following:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Deaths resulting from doctors' or hospitals' errors
  • Nursing home accidents

Our Laurel wrongful death lawyers have a great deal of experience working for and with family members at a very difficult time—after the sudden death of a loved one. We know how to get in and start an investigation without disturbing a family during the important time of grieving.

Fatal Car Accident Cases

Unfortunately, surviving family members are devastated and left unprepared and unsure of what to do in the aftermath of a fatal crash. After a car accident, get the legal help you need from a firm that has been trusted by thousands of people to handle their most devastating and complex cases. Our Laurel wrongful death attorneys have years of experience representing people whose loved ones have been victims of fatal car accidents.

Our lawyers can step in and guide you through the process of seeking justice and compensation for the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident in any situation involving:

  • Cars (passenger vehicles)
  • Trucks (semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and commercial vehicles)
  • Motorcycles
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Broadside (T-bone) crashes
  • Drunk drivers
  • Hit-and-runs
  • Distracted drivers (texting while driving)

How to Seek Justice in a Time of Grief

After the loss of a loved one, it is often very difficult for family members to move forward. They are overwhelmed by the situation, not knowing what to do. When you are grieving, know that there is help available. Our firm understands the emotions that are felt by people who are dealing with a loss. We are sensitive to your needs and can help you hold negligent parties responsible for the fatal accident.

Our firm must immediately preserve the accident scene and all vehicles involved. Time is critical. We will shoulder the legal burden of the case so you can focus on moving forward. We thoroughly investigate each accident case to ensure we are seeking compensation from any and all involved parties.

Contact McGowan & Cecil Today for a Free Consultation

We are prepared to interact with your family tactfully and unobtrusively in order to get your case off the ground in a timely manner and, ultimately, to maximize recovery of compensation for your family. Allow us to explain how we can help you and your family tap into all sources of compensation after the sudden death of a family member.

We can get started with a free consultation. Contact us online or by phone at (301) 761-2007.

Client Victories

Exceptional Service with Proven Results
  • Automobile Injury $ 90,000

    Our client was stopped for traffic on 495 when she was rear-ended by a commerical truck. The client sustained permanent thoracic and lumbar strains with L2-L5 disk bulges/protrusions.

  • Automobile Injury $222,599

    Our client was waiting to merge onto MD 100. The Defendant was exiting MD 100 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the driver's side of client's vehicle. Client sustained a concussion and a Type 2 Slap tear of his left shoulder that required surgery.

  • Automobile Injury caused by Negligent Service $162,500

    One day, our client was driving the company truck to service a call. As he headed down I-695, a tire suddenly flew off of a car traveling in the opposite direction. It hurled through the air and ultimately struck his windshield. As a result of the collision, our client sustained multiple personal injuriesincluding tinnitus. This tinnitus is permanent and continually interferes with his ability to sleep and concentrate.

  • Automobile Injury caused by Negligent Service $100,000

    One day, our client went to get her oil changed and tires rotated. After the service was complete, she was driving down the street when her tire came off. This automotive failure caused new injuries and aggravated previous injuries.

  • Boating Injury $250,000

    Our client was a passenger on a boat that crashed into a seawall at night. The collision caused severe injuries to our client. We obtained a policy limits award of $250,000.00.

  • Convenience Store Injury $490,000

    A case of water fell off of the shelf onto our client's head while she was shopping. Our client suffers from permanent head, shoulder, and vision injuries as a result.

  • Drunk-Driver $2,000,000

    Our client was the passenger in the car when the driver lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. Our client was very badly injured and had to have his foot and two fingers amputated.

  • Drunk-Driver $125,000

    While intoxicated, the defendant lost control of his vehicle and traveled into the lane of oncoming traffic, striking our client's vehicle head on. Our client suffered injuries in his back and wrists. The wrist injury was persistent and required surgery.

  • Head-On Collision $872,354

    Our client's vehicle was struck head on when another driver crossed the center line and came into incoming traffic. The force of the impact caused serious head trauma to our client, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The insurance company settled after a complaint was filed and awarded our client $872,354.

  • Head-On Collision $250,000

    The defendant's vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic. He struck our client's motorcycle head-on. Our client was severely injured.


Why McGowan & Cecil?

  • Our attorneys possess more than 100 years of collective legal experience.
  • We return calls! Our goal is to provide "Platinum Concierge Service."
  • Every case will be assigned at least one attorney and one paralegal.
  • We’ve won financial compensation in excess of $1 million on individual cases.
  • We handle PIP & property damage issues at no additional fee.

Client Testimonials

We Put Our Clients First
  • “If you are looking for a powerful and well-connected personal injury attorney, first consult McGowan and Cecil and you won’t need to look any further. They are exceptionally skilled in handling traumatic and life altering personal injury cases.”

    - Anonymous
  • “I am beyond pleased with how Attorney Scott Stengel handled my case. From our the first conversation he made me feel comfortable with his knowledge in law and I felt like my case was a priority.”

    - Arlondria
  • “If you are looking for a lawyer that is going to be up front and honest and truly give it their all then Scott is the man. I would highly recommend him for any personal injury case that you may have.”

    - Ciara