Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is one of the worst things that a person can go through. At Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC, we understand how greatly wrongful deaths impact families and are passionate about holding wrongdoers accountable. Our New Haven wrongful death attorneys can help you pursue a claim for the loss of your loved one’s life in the search for justice and fair financial compensation.
Wrongful death is a tort, or wrongful act, that can give surviving family members the right to recover financial compensation from the negligent or at-fault party. According to Connecticut General Assembly Section 52-555, the executor or administrator of a deceased person’s estate may recover financial damages from the party that is legally at fault for the injuries that resulted in death. This means that an executor can file a lawsuit against one or more parties for causing a victim’s death.
Wrongful death lawsuits in New Haven can arise after many different types of fatal accidents, including:
Bringing a wrongful death claim could reimburse heirs and beneficiaries – as well as the decedent’s estate – for losses associated with the death. Although in many states the right to file a wrongful death claim is given to family members, in Connecticut, only the administrator or executor of the decedent’s estate can bring a claim. If this individual is not named in the decedent’s will, the courts will appoint an executor.
Connecticut law places a deadline on the right to file a wrongful death claim. The law states that no action shall be brought except within two years from the date of the decedent’s death and no more than five years from the date of the negligent act or omission. If you fail to take legal action within the time limit, you will most likely lose the right to seek compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death. This is why it is critical to speak to an attorney as soon as possible if you believe you have a case.
Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit might be the last thing on your mind while you are grieving and mourning the loss of your loved one. However, taking legal action can bring your family not only justice and closure, but financial compensation to help pave the way for your family’s future, as well.
A successful wrongful death case in Connecticut could result in financial compensation for the decedent’s reasonably necessary medical, hospital and nursing services, as well as funeral costs. You may also be entitled to pain, suffering and mental anguish damages or loss of consortium compensation. Discuss the potential value of your claim with a wrongful death attorney for more information.
If you have lost someone close to you because of the careless, reckless or malicious acts of another person or party in the New Haven area, contact us today. The New Haven wrongful death attorneys of Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC can investigate the fatal accident, search for signs of fault, identify the responsible parties and pursue justice on your family’s behalf. We will give you an advocate to have by your side throughout this difficult time. Speak to a lawyer in New Haven today by calling us at (203) 635-0018 to request a free consultation.