Wrongful Death Laws in Connecticut
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Losing a loved one suddenly is devastating, especially when it was caused by the negligence of another person. Although nothing can fully compensate for your loss, pursuing a wrongful death claim may help you recover monetary damages for hospital bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zinda Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous wrongful death cases nationwide and has helped our clients seek the justice and compensation they deserved. We are here to help you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or willful misconduct, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a 100% free case evaluation with our wrongful death attorneys.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Connecticut?
Connecticut law states a wrongful death lawsuit is a claim for “injuries resulting in death.” A wrongful death claim may be filed against a person, company, or other entity for reckless, negligent, or intentional behavior that caused the death of another.
A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim, except that the decedent’s estate brings suit instead of the victim. Wrongful death can be caused by car accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, violent assault, or many other types of incidents.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Connecticut?
Unlike other states, a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut cannot be brought by surviving family members. Only a personal representative or executor of the deceased person’s estate can bring a claim. The personal representative would be named in an estate plan or will.
If the decedent died without naming a personal representative, the court may appoint one. It is only possible for a family member to bring a claim if they are named the personal representative of the estate.
Any damages recovered in a lawsuit will be distributed according to the decedent’s will. If there is no will, damages are distributed by the intestacy laws of Connecticut.
What Damages Are Available in a Connecticut Wrongful Death Claim?
According to Connecticut law, damages from wrongful death claims are paid to the estate. Damages can include funeral and burial expenses, hospital expenses, lost income, the pain and suffering the victim experienced before death, and loss of enjoyment for life’s activities. All of these damages pertain solely to the decedent.
In Connecticut, wrongful death damages are not awarded to the family for their pain and suffering. Spouses can file a separate lawsuit for loss of consortium, which allows recovery of damages for the loss of the decedent’s support, companionship, and affection.
Additionally, it may be possible to recover punitive damages if the responsible party’s conduct was malicious or done with a reckless regard for others.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Connecticut?
A wrongful death complaint must be filed within two years from the date of death. There are some exceptions to this. For example, if you do not discover the responsible party’s negligence until after two years, you may still be able to file a case after the deadline.
However, no wrongful death claim can be filed after five years from the date of death. If you believe you might have a wrongful death claim, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Wrongful death cases are incredibly complex, and if you wait too long to file a claim, there is a chance that evidence will be lost or that witnesses will forget details of the incident.
Get Help from Our Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one from someone else’s negligence, the wrongful death attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. We have handled numerous wrongful death cases and have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible.
We also believe that families should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we secure a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your wrongful death claim. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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