Understanding wrongful death in Connecticut

Death is a normal part of life indeed. However, there are many different types of situations that can result in the unnecessary loss of life. Too many people in Connecticut die every year due to the negligence of others. Medical malpractice, a drunk driving car crash, a fatal workplace accident and more are all examples of such situations. Friends and family members are left grieving the loss of companionship they expected to have for many more year to come.

What types of damages are awarded for wrongful death?

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.

What is the difference between compensatory and punitive damages?

Losing a loved one in a sudden accident can be an incredibly difficult experience to endure, and knowing that his or her death could have been prevented can be even more traumatic. In addition to the emotional pain that you and your family have to contend with, you may also be confronted by significant an unexpected financial hardships as a result of the fatal incident. That is why it is important to be familiar with the types of damages that can be awarded in Connecticut wrongful death cases, as well as their intended purposes.

What should you know before filing a wrongful death lawsuit?

The death of a loved one is often a devastating experience for people in Connecticut, and elsewhere. These already difficult situations can be compounded when deaths are caused by the negligent, or intentional, actions of others. In these cases, the families who are left behind may be left unprepared, and thus, facing a financial crisis. For some, filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the person responsible for causing the death may provide some type of relief. Being prepared may help families to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

Connecticut woman dies while undergoing dental procedure

People in New Haven, and throughout Connecticut, put their trust in the health care professionals who provide them medical treatment and care. This includes medical doctors, as well as dentists. Negligence on the part of these providers can have serious implications for those in their care. This type of medical malpractice may lead to worsened medical conditions and, in some cases, even the wrongful death of patients.

Collision involving disabled vehicle in Wallingford injures 5

Occasionally, drivers may have issues with their vehicles while traveling on the roads of New Haven. Whether due to a flat tire, mechanical problem or any other number of reasons, motorists who experience situations such as this must often pull over to assess the issue. Even if they have found a seemingly safe place to do so, this can be dangerous for them, their passengers and other drivers.

Boy suffers injuries after dog bites face, leg

Although they are often referred to as man’s best friend, there are numerous reports each year of people being attacked by dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in America each year. Often, the injuries suffered by dog attack victims require immediate medical attention, including cleaning, suturing and bandaging wounds. There are also cases in which ongoing care, such as reconstructive surgeries or therapy, may also be needed.

Woman attacked, bitten by neighbor?s dog

People throughout New Haven, and all of the U.S., own dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some keep dogs for companionship, while others keep them for personal or property protection. There are also those who own dogs as service animals and depend on their pet to provide different types of assistance. Regardless of a person’s intentions in owning a dog, they have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does not pose a risk to their neighbors or the public.

Suspected drunk driver causes fatal pedestrian accident

Most people in New Haven, and elsewhere, are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. That, however, does not always prevent people from getting behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol, which often results in alcohol-related accidents. According to an estimate from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., intoxicated drivers or pedestrians are involved in approximately 32 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

1 killed, 1 injured in collision at car accident in Orange

Despite general rules, lights, signs and other signals, which are used to designate the right of way for motorists, motor vehicle accidents are still very common at intersections throughout New Haven, and the rest of Connecticut. Depending on the severity of the collision, these types of crashes can have ranging consequences, from minor injuries, to much more serious ones and, in some cases, even death.

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