Wrongful death occurs when a death is a result of a negligent act of another person or persons. In these cases, the loss of a loved one is worsened by the knowledge that this should not have happened. Dependents or beneficiaries of the victim may be entitled to compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.
Connecticut has a statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits. A claim of wrongful death must be brought within two years from the date of death, and no more than five years from the date of the negligent act. In these types of cases, time is a crucial factor.
At The Flood Law Firm, we can provide legal guidance through the process of a wrongful death claim. You need a Connecticut wrongful death attorney experienced in handling matters as serious as these. We have the resources and experience necessary to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
There are several areas that fall under the wrongful death category. Wrongful deaths may arise due to negligence by manufacturing companies, doctors or hospitals. The following reflect a few examples:
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Product liability
Medical malpractice occurs when there is evidence of negligence by a medical provider or health care facility, such as delay in diagnosis or treatment, errors in surgery or improper treatment of a medical condition.
Automobile manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their motor vehicles function properly and safely. If one of its products causes harm to a person that results in death, such as a faulty airbag or brakes, the company is liable. Likewise, drives on the road must be held accountable when they cause accidents that result in the death of another driver.
Trucking companies can be held accountable for accidents if it is discovered a truck driver violated safety regulations, which include improper logbooks, driving more than the approved hours or not maintain proper equipment.
Product liability comes into play when manufacturers make products available to the public that turn out to be defective in some way. Medical devices and medications are often the subjects of product liability lawsuits.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
When negligence can be shown, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for the death of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Lost income
- Loss of companionship and support
There must be accountability for those responsible for a wrongful death. We understand that a financial payment does not truly compensate for the loss of a loved one. Nothing can. But it may ensure a more financially secure future for your family.
Hiring a Connecticut Wrongful Death Attorney
The laws pertaining to wrongful death are complex and have time restrictions placed upon them. If your family has suffered from the wrongful death of a loved one, it may be difficult to even think about lawsuits while you grieve. However, due to the state’s limitations on filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you may become ineligible for compensation if you wait too long.
The Flood Law Firm sympathizes with what your family has been put through, and we want to help you through this difficult time. A case evaluation is free and there is no obligation.