Compensation When Injuries Result in Death

Defining Wrongful Death And Determining Liability

Whether your loved one was involved in a distracted driving accident or was fatally injured by the negligent decisions of a medical professional, there are ways to hold the responsible party legally accountable.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against an individual or party in the event that the victim was killed in direct correlation with the negligent, reckless or careless actions of another. This type of lawsuit differs from most other types of personal injury cases, as the suit is filed by the surviving family of the deceased for the losses that were suffered as a result of the death — including compensatory, punitive and non-economic damages.

This means that the deceased's estate can pursue compensation for:

  • The cost of any medical treatment that was obtained
  • The funeral and burial expenses
  • The future earnings that have been lost
  • The mental pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
  • Loss of enjoyment of life of survivors

First, however, you must be able to show that the defendant had either failed to uphold a duty of care to the victim or that reckless actions can be directly linked to the deceased's subsequent death.

Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit And Securing Rightful Compensation

If you believe that you have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, it is important to discuss the facts of your case with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. In doing so, you may be able to gain a clearer understanding of how to proceed with your case.

With more than five decades of legal experience, McCoy & McCoy can passionately represent your case anywhere in Connecticut. Do not hesitate to consult one of our attorneys. The sooner you speak with us, the sooner we can get to work for you and ensure that evidence is preserved.

Although monetary compensation can't bring back the life that has been lost, it is a way to seek justice for their death. Get started today by contacting our firm at 860-856-9283.

Our principal lawyer, Frank McCoy Jr., is certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy — a distinction that fewer than 0.5 percent of all Connecticut lawyers have earned. We can be your staunch advocates in any legal venue.

Statute Of Limitations In Connecticut Wrongful Death Cases

Every state in the U.S. maintains a different statute of limitations in regard to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits — meaning that the family of a fatally injured victim only has a certain amount of time to officially file a lawsuit against the negligent party.

In Connecticut, one must pursue legal action within two years of the date of death and within five years of the date of the initial injury. As such, if you are hoping to recover compensation for the losses that you have suffered, it is important to make sure that you take action in a timely manner.

Far too often, people do not realize that their ability to obtain damages is limited by a continuously decreasing time limitation. Consequently, they miss their opportunity to seek the justice that they deserve. In order to keep this from happening to you, you must consult a legal professional as soon as you have made the decision to pursue a lawsuit.

Please call our firm in Hartford today at 860-856-9283, or complete a free case evaluation form for prompt response from an attorney.