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The unexpected death of a loved one can be devastating, but when the loss was caused by the reckless acts of another party, those left behind often not only have to contend with overwhelming grief but also with anger and frustration as well. People who recklessly cause the death of another person may be held accountable for their actions by the survivors in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s wrongful behavior, the Plainville and Bristol wrongful death attorneys of Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, can advise you of your rights and aid you in seeking damages from those responsible. We have represented parties in wrongful death lawsuits for over 55 years. While we are mindful that no amount of money will mend the harm caused by your loved one’s senseless death, we can help you pursue the compensation needed to repair the financial damages suffered due to your loss to allow you to focus on healing.Pursuing Wrongful Death Claims in Connecticut
The right to pursue damages via a wrongful death claim is provided by the Connecticut Wrongful Death Statute. Specifically, it provides that the executor or administrator of a person’s estate can seek compensation via a wrongful death claim against the party that caused the injuries that ultimately resulted in the loss of the deceased person’s life. Usually, wrongful death claims allege that the defendant was negligent, and therefore should be held liable for the losses suffered by the estate due to the deceased person’s death. It is important to consult with a wrongful death lawyer in Plainville and Bristol as soon as possible to preserve valuable evidence and protect your legal rights. In order to recover damages for negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant had a duty to act with reasonable care under the given circumstances, but that the defendant acted in a manner that constitutes a breach of the duty owed, and that the breach ultimately caused the injuries that led to the deceased person’s death. It is important for anyone who wishes to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to act promptly, as any claim must generally be filed within two years of the deceased person’s death.Damages Recoverable Under a Wrongful Death Claim
Any damages awarded under a wrongful death claim will go to the deceased person’s estate, and will then be distributed in accordance with the law. The judge or jury determining whether to find in favor of the plaintiff will ultimately determine what damages are appropriate as well, based on a multitude of factors.
When confronted with such a painful loss, the survivors of the deceased can recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages, including the cost of any medical treatment the person needed for the injury or illness that ultimately led to the person’s death, reasonable funeral and burial expenses, and compensation for the loss of the deceased person’s ability to earn an income. Notably, however, the Connecticut courts have specifically stated that damages awarded in wrongful death cases do not necessarily have to be linked to the deceased person’s earning capacity. An experienced Plainville and Bristol wrongful death lawyer can help you gather the evidence needed to substantiate your full loss.
Non-economic damages compensate the deceased person’s estate for any pain and suffering the deceased person withstood prior to dying, and for the loss of the capacity to enjoy the activities of life as the deceased person would have had he or she lived. If the deceased person was married, his or her spouse might be able to recover damages for loss of consortium as well. Moreover, in cases in which the defendant’s behavior was especially egregious, double or triple damages may be awarded.Consult a Trusted Attorney in Plainville and Bristol
The death of a loved one may not only cause grave emotional harm, but also leave a financially devastating impact. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness, consult an attorney to discuss whether you may be able to file a civil claim. At Jainchill & Beckert, LLC, our trusted wrongful death attorneys help people in Plainville and Bristol seek compensation for their losses. We regularly represent people in civil lawsuits throughout Connecticut, including Southington, Hartford, Farmington, and New Britain. You can reach us through our form online or at 860-351-3552 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.