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What damages can be collected in a wrongful death claim?

Suffering the loss of a loved one is a difficult time for anyone. However, losing a loved one because of the negligence of another party can make the coping process even more challenging. Surviving family members are not only suffering emotionally, but are also suffering financially due to losses and damages incurred by the fatal accident.

Pursuing wrongful death claim for loss of child and the elderly

The sudden loss of a loved one can be traumatic. In addition to the emotional harm that can be caused to surviving family members, there can be extensive financial damages. The death of a wage-earning spouse, for example, may result in significant medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages. Trying to make ends meet in the aftermath of one of these deaths can be troublesome.

Proving negligence in a wrongful death lawsuit

Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident or as the result of medical malpractice can find themselves overwhelmed by their emotions and their financial losses. While they try to cope with the tragedy, the financial damage can take hold, throwing them into another realm of stress and depression. Although nothing can bring a lost loved one back, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may lead to the recovery of compensation, which could allow a surviving family to focus on moving forward in life with some degree of financial stability.

Connecticut law firm fighting for wrongful death claims

Connecticut residents go to the doctor in hopes of being given medication or treatment to help heal their medical condition. In most cases, this goes according to plan. In other instances, a doctor doesn't diagnose a condition, and a patient can go on his or her way. Sometimes, though, medical professionals make a mistake that can turn out to be deadly. Whether in the form of a medication error, failure to diagnose, or a surgical error, medical malpractice can cause a tremendous amount of a damage to a family.

What are some common defenses to medical malpractice?

Medical professionals carry a heavy burden. These doctors and nurses are tasked with providing care in a way that is effective and safe. Fortunately for Connecticut residents, these medical professionals go through years of education and on-the-job training to prepare them for the difficult job ahead of them. In most cases, these doctors and nurses provide satisfactory care that leads to positive outcomes for patients. In other cases, patients are subjected to sub-standard care that leaves them seriously injured or dead.

Hit-and-run crash leaves Connecticut motorcyclist dead

Riding a motorcycle can be a great way to relieve stress, enjoy the outdoors, and save on fuel costs. Many Connecticut residents are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather by taking to their bikes and hitting the road. As enjoyable as motorcycling can be, though, far too many motorists have motorcycle unawareness, which means they don't see motorcyclists when they should. Motorcyclists who operate their bikes near these negligent drivers can be at risk of being seriously harmed. Some are even killed.

Recovering funeral costs in a wrongful death lawsuit

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life. For some Connecticut families, the pain is worse because the loss is unexpected and caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person. The sudden passing of a loved one can leave a rift in a family's life, both emotionally and financially. The loss of a loved one's financial support can leave a family on shaky financial footing. Making matters worse, unexpected expenses are thrust upon the family, including medical expenses and funeral costs.

Economic and noneconomic damages in a wrongful death suit

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is nothing short of a tragedy. Surviving family members can be left with a lot of heartache and pain that can be difficult to overcome. While these individuals seek to do the best they can with handling their emotions, they may also be forced to confront another matter: the financial aftermath of their loved one's passing.

The statute of limitations and wrongful death lawsuits

The loss of a loved one due to another person's negligence is a difficult pill to swallow. During the grieving process, family members of the deceased may simply wonder how they can get by day-to-day, financially. For these reasons, it may be possible for them to seek a wrongful death suit against the negligent party. However, the laws in Connecticut and in all other states count down to the time when a lawsuit against a negligent party who caused the wrongful death is no longer allowed. These time limits, known as statutes of limitations, are pivotal when pursuing compensation via a lawsuit. For this reason, the issue needs to be fully understood, particularly in the wrongful death context.

Can a judge reduce a jury's wrongful death award?

It's never easy to lose a loved one, and the tragedy can be amplified when the sudden loss of a loved one is caused by the negligence of another. While the heartache is certainly more than enough to leave some families struggling to get by, they often also have to come to terms with the financial realities of such a loss. Medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages can shake a family's financial foundation and set them on a life-altering course. This is why, in these instances, it is critical that surviving families in Connecticut consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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