Wrongful death is “the taking of the life of an individual from the wilful or negligent act of another person.” The loss of your loved one due to a mistake or accident committed by other person or company is the most unfortunate event. If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of another, then the decendent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action with the help of a CT wrongful death attorney against those responsible for their loved one’s death.
Types of Wrongful Death
Some common examples of situations that result in wrongful death actions include:
- Auto Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Dangerous and Defective Products
- Workplace Accidents
- Animal Attacks
Compensation for Wrongful Death
In wrongful death cases, the surviving family of the deceased are entitled to compensation for the damages and suffering incurred. The nominee or family member of the deceased or the person appointed by the nominee can bring the case to court to claim the compensation.
The compensation cannot bring the person back or correct the damages or mistakes done by the defendant, but this monetary award can help ease the financial and emotional burdens following such an unthinkable event. Compensation may cover medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and any other costs associated with the wrongful death of their loved one.
In Connecticut’s Wrongful Death Statute, Section 52-555 of the Connecticut General Statue requires that the executor or administrator bring the suit within two years of the date of death, and five years of the date of the injury.
There are different factors that are needed to be considered while determining the amount of compensation. Some of them are:
- Medical expenses for the victim before he/she died
- Loss of income earned by the deceased
- Loss of benefits such as medical benefits, pension and other entitlements from work
- Loss of companionship, sorrow and mental anguish of the spouse and family
- Compensation for any property damage that occurred in the accident
- Funeral and memorial expenses
Eric Reinken has 3 decades of experience in handling wrongful death cases. The legal team at The Reinken Law Firm can meet you for a free consultation to discuss your family’s wrongful death case and help you to reach the best outcome.
Wrongful death cases are quite complex, so you should always consult an experienced and skilled Stamford wrongful death attorney at the Reinken Law firm.
At The Reinken Law Firm, we diligently work to represent injury victims and families in wrongful death cases. Call at 203-541-0090 to discuss your legal rights and options with a qualified and compassionate advocate. All wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we recover for you.