The sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one is always tragic. When that death could have been prevented but was caused by another’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 the family 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 get through this difficult time.
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 a deceased person’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 state law procedures 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
- 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 knowledgeable and experienced Connecticut injury attorney who knows when this law applies and how to present a case for double or triple damages when appropriate.
Call The Upton Law Firm for Skilled and Compassionate Assistance with Connecticut Wrongful Death Claims
If you lost a loved one due to another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, call The Upton Law Firm at 860-893-0558 in West Hartford / Hartford County or 203-877-4141 in Milford / New Haven County.