Wrongful Death Attorney in New Haven | Dehghani & Associates
If you have lost someone you love due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, you may have a wrongful death claim against the wrongdoer. Any sudden, unexpected death can be devastating, but the loss of a loved one due to negligence is even more tragic and difficult to process.
While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can give you financial compensation to pay for your loved one’s final expenses and help replace lost wages for your family to grieve properly without worrying about bills. A wrongful death action can also hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
At Dehghani & Associates, we represent grieving families in Connecticut with compassionate legal representation. We represent clients in cases that arise from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Defective products
- Nursing home negligence
- Workplace accidents
- Mass transit accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability
- Negligent security
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Connecticut
Under Connecticut law, a wrongful death is defined as a death caused by reckless, negligent, or intentional actions that result in the death of another. A wrongful death claim may be brought against an individual or a company in a case involving a traffic accident, medical malpractice, premises liability, a crime, or another other instance in which a death occurs due to someone else’s actions. A wrongful death claim is a civil action in which liability is expressed as money damages, unlike a criminal case that results in criminal penalties like jail time or probation.
Because the injured party cannot bring a personal injury claim for himself, someone else must step forward to bring a claim on behalf of the survivors and the decedent’s estate. In Connecticut, a wrongful death claim needs to be filed by the administrator or executor of the decedent’s estate.
If the decedent died without a will or estate plan, or if the named executor cannot serve, an executor can be appointed by the court to complete probate of the estate and pursue the wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Damages
The damages in a wrongful death claim are awarded to the decedent’s estate when a claim is successful. From there, the estate will be divided and distributed based on the decedent’s will or state law to heirs. In these cases, the amount of damages will be determined by a jury or a judge.
Depending on the case, damages available in a wrongful death claim in Connecticut include:
- Medical expenses related to the decedent’s final injury or illness, including any doctor, hospital, and nursing expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- ost earnings
- Conscious pain and suffering the decedent suffered before death
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life
In Connecticut, some damages can be recovered for the death itself without considering earnings or the decedent’s earning capacity. If the other driver’s deliberate violation of traffic laws or reckless disregard for laws was a considerable factor in the death, damages may be doubled or tripled. To seek these higher damages, the administrator of the estate must specifically plead that the driver deliberately acted with reckless disregard and these actions significantly contributed to the decedent’s death.
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If you have lost a loved one due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, a wrongful death lawsuit can ensure the responsible party is held accountable. A lawsuit can also help your family recover compensation to pay for your loved one’s final expenses and replace lost income during this difficult time. In Connecticut, the executor of the estate has just 2 years to file a wrongful death lawsuit so time is of the essence.
At Dehghani & Associates, we have represented numerous clients in wrongful death lawsuits in Connecticut. One of our most recent wrongful death lawsuits resulted in a $3.25 million settlement. Contact a New Haven wrongful death lawyer at Dehghani & Associates today for a free case review to explore your legal options