No one should lose their loved ones before their time. When another individual’s reckless or negligent actions are to blame, they must be held accountable. If you or one of your loved ones has been wrongfully killed, learn your legal options today by calling Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. at (203) 265-2035.
Why Choose Our Firm?
Our team of lawyers have been helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing for over 100 combined years.
We understand the delicacy of the situation your family is facing and will try to resolve the wrongful death claim as quickly as possible in a sensitive, tactful manner.
We will formulate a specific legal strategy according to your needs and desired outcome.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in New Haven?
In Connecticut, only the deceased’s executor or administrator can pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. This differs from most states, which allow surviving family members the right to do so. Since victims of wrongful death are killed unexpectedly, they often have not gone through the estate planning process, which means there is no named executor or administrator. When that is the case, a court will appoint a person to represent the estate, who will then have the option of bringing a wrongful death claim. State law only allows two years of the date of death to file suit. Therefore, there must be swift action to seek justice and compensation.
Common Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Some of the more common ways in which negligence results in a wrongful death, include:
These are only a few of the wide range of cases that wrongful death covers. It is important to remember though, that wrongful death lawsuits are civil, and separate from criminal cases.
What Types of Damages are Available?
A wrongful death victim’s estate may recover financial compensation for several types of losses:
Funeral and burial expenses
Medical expenses incurred, related to the injury which resulted in the person passing away
Loss of the deceased’s income
Deceased’s pain and suffering prior to death
The loss of life itself
Loss of enjoyment of life
Damages cannot be recovered for the pain and suffering of the surviving family members, but are instead, based on the deceased person’s losses. Any financial recovery will then be distributed according to the loved one’s will. When a will does not exist, the estate will resort to Connecticut’s intestacy laws to dictate the distribution of the funds.
Why You Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer in New Haven
A wrongful death is a devastating event, and families may feel that pursuing legal action will only increase their state of distress. A reputable wrongful death lawyer will understand and has the ability to handle the case on your behalf. Since all wrongful death claims differ, an attorney will properly assist you in determining the value of the case by calculating the losses experienced by the wrongful death victim’s estate and by each survivor. Wrongful death lawsuits can be a lengthy process, but a qualified wrongful death attorney has the resources and knowledge necessary to expedite this type of claim and in a successful manner.
If someone you love has lost his or her life in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person, speak to one of our wrongful death attorneys. We can go over your legal options in a free case consultation, call (203) 265-2035 today.