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Wrongful Death

Established Wrongful Death Attorneys in Bridgeport Seek Justice for Clients

Accomplished Connecticut litigators seek damages on behalf of estates

When the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of an individual or organization result in a person’s death, Connecticut allows the victim’s estate to seek damages from the party responsible. MeehanLaw, LLC has been an active part of the Bridgeport community since 1961, and our attorneys are invested in helping our neighbors recover from unforeseen tragedies by filing wrongful death actions. The compensation paid in a wrongful death settlement or verdict can cover the victim’s medical expenses and funeral costs while also achieving a measure of justice for loved ones.

Skilled lawyers handle a range of wrongful death cases

Our seasoned attorneys have experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases resulting from a wide range of incidents, including:

  • Vehicular accidents — All too often, impaired or reckless drivers cause car accidents and truck crashes on US-1, Route 8 and the Connecticut Turnpike. We work to hold them accountable for the death of a family member.
  • Workplace accidents — When an employer’s failure to create a safe environment for employees results in a death, the employer may be found negligent and therefore responsible for damages.
  • Slip and fall — Unsafe property can present serious hazards. It may be appropriate to blame a slip, trip or fall on a property owner who breaches his duty of care to visitors.
  • Medical malpractice — Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers have a duty to provide treatment that meets an acceptable standard of care. If a medical professional’s negligence results in the death of a patient, we can bring a wrongful death action for their malpractice.
  • Birth injuries — A medical mistake before or during birth can result in severe injuries, permanent disability or death. We represent the parents of birth injury victims.
  • Homicide — We pursue civil cases against individuals who commit murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other violent crimes that led to death.

The estate executive or administrator is the only person eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut. Compensation is awarded to the estate and is then distributed to the estate’s creditors and inheritors. If the person who passed away did not leave a will, Connecticut’s intestacy laws will determine which family members can receive compensation.

Proven advocates seek available damages

In a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff (estate representative) must prove that the defendant (at-fault party) caused injuries resulting in death. Fault can be proven by demonstrating that the defendant was careless or deliberate in their actions, and that the death could have been avoided if not for those actions.

The estate can seek compensation for the victim’s:

  • Reasonably necessary medical, hospital and nursing services
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Conscious pain and suffering
  • Loss of capacity to enjoy life’s activities

To calculate the total amount of compensation owed to the victim’s estate, our lawyers analyze evidence pertaining to the deceased’s projected income, quality of life and injuries suffered, among other factors. Double or triple damages may be awarded if a defendant’s reckless actions substantially contributed to the cause of death.

The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut is two years from the date of  the incident that caused the death.

Contact capable Bridgeport wrongful death lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation

A family-run firm based in Bridgeport, Connecticut since 1961, MeehanLaw, LLC provides skilled counsel representing estates in wrongful death lawsuits. If you have questions about a taking legal action, call us at 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.

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  • Bridgeport Office
    76 Lyon Terrace
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    Phone: 203-333-1888
    Fax: 203-331-0107
  • Westport Office
    29 East Main Street
    Westport, Connecticut 06880
    Phone: 203-635-4688