Connecticut Wrongful Death Claims
Any negligent, willful or wrongful act of another that leads to the death of a person is classified as a wrongful death.
Connecticut wrongful death law provides financial restitution to the relatives of a person whose death is considered wrongful. Examples of circumstances leading to a wrongful or accidental death lawsuit in Connecticut include:
- Consumer product liability: Death resulting from defective and potentially dangerous products sold to consumers can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Criminal act: An individual who commits a crime, whether intentional or unintentional, that leads to the death of another can be sued for wrongful death. These cases are tried separately from criminal cases.
- Hazardous work conditions: Employees typically feel safe in their work environments. However, wrongful death claims in Connecticut can occur as a direct result of workplace exposure to asbestos, hazardous chemicals, dangerous machinery and unsafe equipment, among others.
- Medical malpractice: When medical professionals and or medical facilities fail to provide patients with the proper standard of care that is expected and required, those entities can be held legally responsible.
- Motor vehicle and airplane accidents: Automobile, bus, train, airplane or other common carrier accidents can result in wrongful death when the negligent party was operating the vehicle or carrier recklessly with or without the impairment of alcohol or drugs. Even if the accident is not the fault of another individual, wrongful death can be found if the vehicle or common carrier was defective.
- Nursing home abuse or negligence: A nursing home can be held liable for neglect or abuse that results in the death of a patient.
- Supervised extracurricular activities: There are wrongful death claims involving victims who died during activities that were being supervised by other individuals who were expected to provide the proper medical and common-sense precautions to keep the people entrusted in their care safe. Examples include high school and college athletes who die during organized training sessions or games.
Process for Filing a Wrongful Death claim in Connecticut
Contact a Connecticut wrongful death attorney immediately. Although the statute of limitations gives you two years to file wrongful death claims in Connecticut, the sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better.
- Find out from your attorney whether you are legally permitted to file the lawsuit.
- Provide your attorney with proof of death and evidence of or witnesses to the death.
- Tell your attorney if your loved one was pursuing a personal injury claim against the defendant before he or she died. Survivor statutes allow you to take up the personal injury lawsuit in place of the deceased.
- Finally, consult the Rules of Civil Procedure online for a more detailed breakdown of the steps involved in filing any wrongful death claims in Connecticut.
Consult Our Experienced WRONGFUL DEATH Attorneys
Grieving families rely on the skill and professionalism of the Connecticut wrongful death lawyers at Silver Golub & Teitell. If you would like to discuss your situation with an experienced and qualified attorney to determine whether you have a legitimate Connecticut wrongful death claim, please contact us to find out how we can help. We take wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.