Many events can lead to the unexpected loss of a loved one. A fatal workplace accident and a deadly drunk driving car crash are just two examples of events that claim lives unnecessarily, leaving friends and family members to grieve. In the state of Connecticut, a wrongful death is legally able to be compensated based upon different considerations. If you have lost a relative in a fatal accident, you should understand how this works.
The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch explains that compensation in these cases is not intended to punish a defendant but rather to compensate a plaintiff. Money can be awarded for loss of companionship and injuries sustained in the past and that expected in the future. Both non-economic and economic damages may be ordered.
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate for three specific things:
- Pain and suffering.
- The actual death.
- The deceased person’s loss of enjoyment of life and associated activities.
A judge and jury can take into consideration recreational activities, sports, work and more that a deceased person participated in and will no longer be able to.
Economic damages on the other hand are intended to essentially reimburse families for costs associated with a funeral, burial, cremation or other services pertaining to the death. Additionally, medical costs for any treatment provided before the person died can be included. Future lost salary or wages, minus taxes and living expenses, can be part of an economic damage award.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about wrongful death damages in Connecticut.