Has Your Loved One Died As The Result Of Someone Else’s Negligence?
Nothing is worse than the sudden loss of a loved one. If your family member suffers fatal injuries because of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions or inaction, you are abruptly facing not just deep sorrow, but unexpected emergency medical costs, and funeral and burial costs. Many families will encounter devastating financial consequences upon the immediate loss of their loved one’s employment wages or future earnings. Grief and uncertainty can be an emotional strain leading to cloudy decisions in the wake of an accident.
If you have lost a loved one in a car or truck crash, motorcycle wreck, dog bite, workplace accident, surgical error, physician misdiagnosis, birth injury or nursing home incident, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. You have limited time to file a claim for wrongful death. But more importantly, medical records and police reports frequently have a way of mysteriously vanishing in the wake of accidents with corporate players such as insurance companies, trucking companies or health care facilities.
Call 203-490-4155, in Hamden soon to speak with a compassionate and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. Our experienced team at Sette & Parnoff, PC, is on your side.
Surviving Family Members May Have A Right To Monetary Compensation For Losses
While calculating the costs of your loved one’s death will not bring your loved one back, it will be a vital element of filing a claim for your family’s loss. In Connecticut, a surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings or other lineal relatives will have to rely on the decedent’s executor or estate administrator to file a wrongful death claim. If your loved one had a will or a trust, the name of their personal representative or executor would be in their will or trust.
Damages awarded in a wrongful death suit are subject to distribution according to the decedent’s legal instruments. If there is no will or trust, Connecticut’s laws of intestacy will determine the order of distribution for recoverable damages such as:
- Final medical expenses
- Reasonable funeral costs
- Earning capacity
- Decedent’s pain and suffering
In some cases, where reckless disregard or malicious intent are factors, punitive damages may be forthcoming. In other cases, a spouse may be able to file independently for loss of income, companionship and other emotional factors. Wrongful death claims involve a complex process that needs to start within two years of the decedent’s date of death. Exceptions may apply.
Contact Our Experienced Team To Explore Your Legal Options
You can reach Sette & Parnoff, PC, in Hamden by calling 203-490-4155 or by sending us an email. We offer a free consultation so you can learn more about how a wrongful death attorney can alleviate your family’s distress of uncertainty upon the loss of your loved one.