The loss of a loved one causes a depth of grief no one has ever been able to adequately describe in words. When a death is caused by the irresponsible actions of another person, the pain is greater still. If you have lost someone close to you and believe that a person or business is responsible for the death because of carelessness or recklessness, you have the right to pursue compensation for your loss, pain and suffering. In this difficult time, you can receive support and assistance from an experienced wrongful death attorney.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Legal dictionaries define wrongful death as any death of a person that was caused by another person’s wrongful act. A wrongful act may be something dangerous a person does, like driving a car while intoxicated. It may also be something a person or company fails to do, like testing a product to ensure it is safe to use. Common wrongful acts that result in wrongful death cases include:
- Irresponsible or careless acts such as reckless driving or other out-of-control behaviors
- Intentional acts of violence, including any form of assault or attack
- Negligence, such as failure to repair a safety hazard on commercial or private property
- Product safety failure—a manufacturing defect that makes a product dangerous to use
- Manslaughter or murder, or any other crime that results in a death
A wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of surviving family members of the deceased person to make sure they are fairly compensated for any financial loss and ongoing suffering caused by the death.
Rights of Surviving Family Members
If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful act of another, you are entitled to compensation from the parties responsible for the death. According to Connecticut’s official instructions for jurors, the damages you may recover with the help of your attorney include:
- Medical expenses (if the deceased person was treated for injuries before death occurred)
- Funeral expenses
- Compensation for the death itself—the loss of the deceased person’s companionship
- Compensation for lost financial support the deceased person would have provided
- Compensation for the ongoing emotional anguish of survivors (pain and suffering)
Only the first two categories can be calculated simply because they are based on the actual expenses you have incurred. The rest are deliberately left open to interpretation. Every family’s grief and suffering is unique, so every wrongful death case is unique. That’s why it is important to work with a lawyer who will take the time to understand everything you are going through now, and will go through in the future.
Someone on Your Side
Attorney Jim Miron is a dedicated advocate for families who have lost a loved one due to a wrongful act. He will take the time to research every aspect of your case, so you can spend time healing together as a family. Call Jim at (203) 339-5991 today to arrange a free consultation.