Middlebury Wrongful Death Attorneys
Legal Support in the Wake of Tragedy
Losing the life of a beloved family member is always a sorrowful event, but it becomes an even greater tragedy if that person’s death came too early on account of another’s negligence or carelessness. When someone you love has been cruelly taken from you because of someone else’s wrongdoing, the feelings you will be experiencing are unimaginable. The perpetrator of such terrible actions must face the full consequences of their deed, but they must also provide some form of retribution to you and other surviving members of the family.
Even though financial recompense could never make up for losing a dear one, it is the least that could be provided to help with all the costs of the funeral services, remaining medical bills, and lost income. Following such a tragedy, you will need our wrongful death attorneys in Middlebury to assist you in securing legal aid.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Connecticut
The legal term “wrongful death” refers to a tragic event in which a person passed away because a person, several individuals, an organization, or a company committed reckless or negligent behavior. The act might have been intentional, or it may have been accidental, but the responsible party (or parties) must be held accountable for their terrible actions, or lack of action, that cost the life of a human being. Following such a tragic event, the family members who have survived deserve to gain financial compensation to help provide for the punitive damages and monetary losses they are now suffering.
While there are many ways wrongful deaths could occur, certain arenas are more prone to such negligence and carelessness than others. Wrongful deaths are commonly involved in cases of:
- Vehicular accidents from automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, bicycles, and boats
- Medical malpractice or negligence
- Defective parts in electrical products
- Hazardous amounts of substances in medicinal drugs or wrong dosages prescribed
- Workplace accidents due to dangerous environments
- Abuse or neglect in nursing homes
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim in Connecticut is two years from the date of your loved one’s passing. This means you have two years to file a claim or you will most likely lose your right to do so. It’s important to note that the date of your loved one’s death may be different from the date they suffered the injuries that led to their passing. Contact our firm today to speak to an attorney about your case as exceptions to this rule exist that can change the amount of time you have to file.
How Connecticut Law Protects Families Suffering After a Wrongful Death
After a situation where a wrongful death has occurred, a separate party acts as a plaintiff on behalf of the deceased to provide for the survivors and distribute the estate. Often, the person who has been placed in charge of the deceased’s estate is designated as the plaintiff, at least if there is a will. However, the court can also designate an administrator if there was no will, or if the person in charge of the estate is not able to file the wrongful death claim themselves. The court will take into account how many surviving family members, including dependent children and other beneficiaries, have been impacted by the death, and the full monetary damages which have been caused by the deceased’s passing.
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