Wrongful Death: Frequently Asked Questions
What is wrongful death?
If someone loses their life in an accident caused by another person’s negligent-or careless-actions, it is considered a wrongful death. Proving that another person’s negligent actions resulted in your loved one’s death can be complicated and difficult to do without the help of an experienced Connecticut wrongful death lawyer. At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, our legal team has extensive background in pursuing wrongful death claims, and we have the experience to provide you and your family with professional representation.
What is the wrongful death statute of limitations?
In Connecticut, the law dictates that no action to recover damages for the cost of reasonably necessary medical and funeral expenses should be brought beyond two years from the date of the loved one’s death, and no more than “five years from the date of the act or omission complained of.” Because of these time limits, it’s important that you take action immediately in a wrongful death claim.
What is an average wrongful death settlement amount?
Without first evaluating the details of your loved one’s case, it’s hard to know the value of the claim. Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s death, as a beneficiary, you may be able to recover damages for, but not limited to:
- Reasonable and necessary expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life’s activities
- Pain and suffering
- The actual death
What are wrongful death punitive damages?
Punitive damages are those damages designed to “punish” an at-fault party for the intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent actions that contributed to or resulted in your loved one’s death. These damages may be awarded by a jury on a case-by-case basis.
In a wrongful death claim, you may also pursue compensatory damages. These types of damages cover the cost of actual expenses you or your loved one incurred, including, but not limited to, medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses, and more. Our Connecticut wrongful death lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers can help you determine what damages you and your family may be owed for the loss of your loved one. Complete a free initial consultation form, and a member of our firm will contact you.
Do I have a wrongful death claim?
When our Connecticut wrongful death attorneys are investigating your case, we’ll look for four identifying elements of a wrongful death lawsuit, which include:
- The devastating accident resulted in the death of your loved one and was caused entirely or partially by another person.
- Your loved one’s death was the result of negligence or another person’s careless actions.
- As a result of your loved one’s death, you or your family members (beneficiaries or dependents of the decedent) suffered loss.
- Your loved one’s death resulted in financial damages.
If your loved one’s case fits these criteria, you may have a wrongful death claim – Contact us today for help.