In Connecticut, surviving family members of a decedent killed by another person's negligent or reckless conduct can seek just damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation is awarded to the decedent's estate for distribution to family members. These damages include reasonable and necessary medical and funeral expenses, compensation for ending the decedent's capacity to enjoy life, payment for conscious pain and suffering, compensation for the death itself and payment of the value of the decedent's lost earning capacity minus deductions for living expenses and consideration that a present cash payment will be made.
In Connecticut, a court can award double or triple damages in a wrongful death lawsuit in certain circumstances. A plaintiff must prove that the defendant deliberately or with reckless disregard drove a vehicle in violation of a law and that this violation was a substantial factor in causing the injury or death.
The loss of a loved one carries severe emotional and financial challenges. A wrongful death action in Connecticut imposes economic and noneconomic compensation against a negligent party for the death of a family member to address these challenges.
Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of fatalities and injuries in Connecticut and throughout the United States. Nationally, 138 people die each day from injuries involving TBI. It also contributed to the deaths of over 50,000 people and was a factor, alone or with other injuries, in 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths in this country in 2010.
Being a passenger or guest on a recreational boat may be an enjoyable event. However, a tragedy may result from the negligence or recklessness of a boat owner or its crew. An operator's lack of care for passengers can lead to a fatal boating accident.
Health care practitioners, besides physicians, can endanger their patients' lives. According to allegations from the Connecticut Department of Health, a dental procedure performed under anesthesia caused the death of a patient in February 2014. The dentist's license was placed under suspension in late April and he was ordered to stay away from patients because of this fatality and an alleged injury to another patient that resulted in a six-day hospital stay.
Government officials may be held liable if someone dies as a result of the official not meeting their duties. For example, a Hartford jury found that two Plainville police officers were negligent in the handling of a woman's complaints against her boyfriend who stabbed her in 2009. On April 27, following two days of deliberations, the jury awarded $10 million to her estate which is administered by her father.
A runaway dump truck with brake failure careened down the mountain on Route 44 into Avon and crashed into 19 vehicles on July 29, 2005. Years later, on April 30, 2013, the state Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a seriously injured accident victim and the widow of a New Hartford man killed in the crash who sued the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Motorcyclists have virtually no protection or structural defense against larger vehicles. These dangers are even further compounded when the driver of the other vehicle is elderly and suffers physical limitations.