Wrongful Death Lawyer in Stamford, CT
Eric Reinken is a longstanding attorney in Stamford who focuses his legal practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases. He brings more than three decades of experience to every case he handles.
How do wrongful death claims work?
A wrongful death case allows an estate administrator or executor to take legal action on behalf of family members who lose a loved one. However, the legal right only exists when someone else’s negligence, recklessness or other actionable conduct leads to severe injury that results in death. The purpose of the lawsuit is to recover damages regarding the loss of their loved one, not to punish the liable party for causing the death.
A wrongful death attorney in Stamford must prove that the other party’s negligence directly caused the death and must also prove the existence of the damages being sought. At the Reinken Law Firm, we are skilled in gathering evidence, devising effective case strategies to prove negligence and in estimating damages that our clients have the right to recover.
Lawyers have two years from the date of death, or five years from the date of the injury causing death, to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiff.
For example, suppose an auto accident victim suffered severe brain injury because of another driver’s negligence. A Stamford brain injury lawyer could bring a lawsuit to recover damages for the brain injury. However, in this case, the injury victim dies from the brain injury two months after the accident. The personal injury lawsuit would survive the injury victim’s death under Connecticut law and allow the estate executor to continue pursuing the lawsuit on the deceased injury victim’s behalf. In this case, the lawyer has either two years after the death or five years after the date of injury to file the lawsuit.
What damages can you recover in a wrongful death case?
When your Stamford wrongful death attorney pursues a personal injury action that includes a wrongful death action, you can seek both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Value of the decedent's lost earning capacity
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for the death
- Compensation for the decedent's lost capacity to carry on and enjoy life
Find out how a Stamford wrongful death attorney can help
The Reinken Law Firm offers a free consultation to discuss a wrongful death action. Contact us online, or call 203-325-8800.