Wrongful death survivors face legal obstacles


The circumstances that give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit can vary widely. Negligence may take lives in surgery, in a drunk driving accident, at an unsafe workplace, in a boating accident, during roadside construction or even on a playground. Unsafe equipment, defective drugs or a driver texting instead of watching the road are among the many causes of death that might lead to legal action.

When a family loses a loved one in an accident, the surviving family members are often left with serious financial challenges, on top of the emotional distress they experience. They may have to pay for medical bills and other costs, and their household is left without their loved one's income. Connecticut law provides that when the death was the result of another person's negligence, surviving family members may seek compensation for these and other damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

However, there are a number of requirements and obstacles the family members must go through before they can recover any compensation. In addition to complying with filing deadlines, plaintiffs have to obtain proof of the negligent act that caused the death, determine the parties responsible for the fatality and compile medical information. Expertise may be required to determine compensation based upon the victim's pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of companionship, lost wages and loss of future financial support. Expert testimony may be needed.

Our firm has represented parties seeking financial damages for the loss of a family member for more than 22 years in Stratford, Shelton, Stamford and other towns in Connecticut. We have the experience to obtain evidence and advocate our clients' rights in depositions, trials and settlement proceedings.

Our representation can help families obtain the compensation to help provide financial support and move on with their lives following this incalculable tragedy. Please visit our wrongful death webpage for more information.

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