Wrongful Death Lawyer in West Hartford
The sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one is always tragic. When that death could have been prevented but was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, the emotional pain and confusion can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, the loss of a family member inevitably leads to immediate and long-term costs for those who are left behind. Connecticut law recognizes this fact and provides for a civil claim for injuries resulting in death, in part to hold negligent wrongdoers accountable for their actions, and also to help the surviving family members cope with the added expenses and toll a wrongful death takes on their lives.
The attorneys at The Upton Law Firm provide compassionate and skilled representation to help surviving family members after they have lost someone close to them. We have extensive experience representing clients in Connecticut in wrongful death actions, and we fight hard to obtain full compensation for your loss. We work closely with our clients, providing moral support and legal guidance to help get you through this difficult time. We communicate with you frequently, and we provide ongoing updates on the progress of the case, so you are always kept informed.
Common Wrongful Death Cases
We handle all types of wrongful death claims in Connecticut, including those resulting from:
- Auto Accidents: There are more drivers than ever on the road, and thousands of preventable motor vehicle accidents happen every year. Dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving have made the roadways even more hazardous. When someone is killed because of the negligence or recklessness of another driver, we can handle a wrongful death claim. Examples of cases we handle include trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, and accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers.
- Medical Malpractice: A 2016 John’s Hopkins University study found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study estimates that roughly a quarter of a million people die each year because of medical errors. When we visit a health care professional, we have the right to expect competent care and treatment. When those we entrust our health care to fail in their duty and a loved one dies, they must be held accountable.
- Premises Liability: Many untimely deaths occur while on the property of another party. When these deaths are the result of the property owner or caretaker’s failure to take reasonable steps to keep that property safe, you may be able to bring a claim against them. Examples of premises liability wrongful death claims may include slips and falls, dog bites, drowning, negligent security, and many others.
- Product Liability: There are many defective and dangerous products that come on market each year. When a faulty product leads to someone’s death, a claim may be brought against the designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer of the product.
- Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect: Preventable deaths in nursing homes have risen exponentially in recent years. This is largely due to higher patient loads, inadequate staffing, poorly-trained staff, industry consolidation, and similar factors. Too many of our honored elders are suffering fatal injuries because of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living centers. Some common causes of wrongful death include falls, choking, medication errors, malnutrition, and dehydration.
- Assault: When a loved one dies due to assault or battery or in the course of committing another type of crime, those responsible should be held to account. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of both personal injury and criminal law, and how these two areas of law converge in some wrongful death actions.
Proving that the death of someone close to you was the result of another party’s actions or omissions can be challenging. These types of cases can be complicated, and there are often multiple potential factors that may have contributed to your loved one’s death. For this reason, it is very important to work with an attorney who is experienced with wrongful death cases and has a proven track record of successful results.
Connecticut Wrongful Death Facts
Under Connecticut law, a wrongful death claim can be brought by the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate. This is the person either named in the will or appointed by the court to oversee the administration of the decedent’s estate. Any damages which are recovered in a settlement or jury verdict are paid to the estate and then distributed according to the terms of the will or other estate planning documents, or according to procedures laid out in state law if the person died without a will.
The damages which are recoverable in a Connecticut wrongful death action include the following:
- Hospital and medical expenses incurred before death;
- Compensation for the conscious pain and suffering experienced before death;
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Compensation for the loss of income the deceased would have earned; and
- Compensation for the loss of capacity to enjoy life’s activities.
If the death was caused by a car accident which was substantially due to the other driver’s deliberate violation of or reckless disregard for certain traffic laws, then the total amount of damages can be doubled or tripled by the judge or jury. Make sure you hire a skilled and knowledgeable Connecticut attorney who knows when this law applies and how to present a case for double or triple damages when appropriate.
The statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death action in Connecticut is just two years from the date of your loved one’s death. In addition, an action cannot be brought more than three years after the negligence or reckless actions that led to their death. In certain circumstances, some parties may need to be notified of a potential claim much earlier than these deadlines. For this reason, it is important to get in touch with an attorney sooner rather than later if you are considering legal action.
Call The Upton Law Firm for Skilled and Compassionate Assistance with Connecticut Wrongful Death Claims
At The Upton Law Firm, we understand the emotional and financial toll a loved one’s death can have on you and your family, and we do everything possible to make the legal process smooth and stress-free. We provide free initial consultations, and we accept all wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the experienced legal representation you need and deserve. If you lost someone close to you due to another party’s negligence or wrongful conduct, call us today at 860-893-0558, or send a secure and confidential message through our online contact form. You may also stop by our office in West Hartford.