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 Fairfield County community since 1961, and our Bridgeport wrongful death attorneys are invested in helping our neighbors recover from unforeseen tragedies by filing court 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.
Our seasoned attorneys have experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases resulting from a wide range of incidents, including:
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.
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:
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.
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.