What You Should Know about Wrongful Death Claims in Connecticut

What You Should Know about Wrongful Death Claims in Connecticut

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If your loved one died as a result of another person’s negligence, please read on, then contact an experienced Stamford, Connecticut wrongful death lawyer to learn what you should know about wrongful death claims in Connecticut.

How do you know if you have a valid wrongful death claim in Connecticut?

In the Constitution State, only the decedent’s executor, also referred to as an “administrator” or
“personal representative,” is permitted to file a claim for wrongful death. If the person died without an estate plan, such as a will, that named an executor, or if the named executor or administrator can’t serve, the court may appoint an administrator or a substitute executor.

What can be sought in a wrongful death claim in Connecticut?

In a successful Connecticut wrongful death lawsuit, the estate may recover damages similar in most ways to the types of economic and non-economic damages in any other injury cases. The amount will be determined either by settlement or as a result of a trial. The components of damages in a wrongful death case  include:

  • The deceased person’s lost earning capacity
  • Loss of the deceased person’s ability to carry on and enjoy life’s activities
  • Conscious pain and suffering by the deceased before death
  • Reasonably necessary medical, hospital and nursing expenses related to the deceased person’s final illness or injury
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium

If you lost a loved one to another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you should reach out to a skilled Fairfield County, Connecticut personal injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.

How can a Stamford personal injury attorney help you?

Having a competent legal professional working on your behalf can make all the difference in the success or failure of your effort to recover damages. He or she will help you collect, compile and present the evidence needed to prove your case in court. This evidence will come in the form of medical records related to the actionable event, statements from any and all witnesses to the accident, a copy of the police report and any photos and/or videos of the accident scene. But that’s just the beginning, because various expert witnesses will be retained to corroborate the claims. No matter the strength of your case, precious few defendants (actually their insurance companies) will admit to their negligent or wrongful conduct and hand over the damages to compensate for the injuries, damages, and losses. That is where a seasoned legal representative comes in. He or she will preserve your rights and fight to hold the defendant accountable. This process can be time-consuming and complicated, so let us handle the matter after assessing the issues and developing a case plan. Please give us a call today or when you’re ready. Please recognize that delay can be your enemy.

Contact our experienced Connecticut Firm

If you or a loved one have sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, Casper & de Toledo is here to help you. While our firm has dedicated decades of experience to fighting for brain injury victims, we also handle auto accidents, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Trust Casper & de Toledo to handle your case with the utmost competence and discretion. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned traumatic brain injury lawyers.