Losing a loved one is never easy. The grief process can be a difficult one, but it can be especially painful if your loved one died because of the negligence of another person. The sudden death of a family member can wreak havoc on the family’s emotions, and also their finances. Funerals are much more expensive than many people believe — the average cost of a funeral is around $10,000. Fortunately, the state of Connecticut provides ways for family members to recover compensation for the damages and costs associated with a wrongful death. The time right after the death of your loved one is critical — the sooner you act, the better.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
In the state of Connecticut, a wrongful death claim is defined as a claim “for injuries resulting in death.” The claim itself is similar to that of a personal injury lawsuit — you are claiming that someone else acted in a negligent manner, which caused the injuries which led to your loved one’s untimely death. Typically, a wrongful death claim must be submitted within two years of the date of death.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available in Wrongful Death Claims?
If you win your case, you may be entitled to certain types of compensation. The Connecticut wrongful death statute states that the following types of damages can be recovered:
• Lost earning capacity
• Conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased prior to his or her death
• Loss of enjoyment of life activities
• Reasonable costs for medical, hospital, and nursing services related to the deceased’s illness or injury
• Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
Additionally, if you are pursuing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your spouse, you may be able to recover “loss of consortium” damages. Technically, loss of consortium damages are separate claims from any other wrongful death claim, but they will typically be filed together. Loss of consortium damages provide compensation for the loss of your spouse’s companionship, affection, and general company.
A Connecticut Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help You File Your Claim
If your loved one died because of the negligence of a person or company, you should take steps to determine your options for recovering compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. However, determining how to address the legal issues involved in this type of case can be a complex matter, which is why you should entrust the task to a skilled Hartford, CT wrongful death lawyer. At the Woolf Law Firm, we understand that a sudden death in the family can cause a huge emotional and financial strain on all family members, and we are dedicated to helping you get through this difficult time. Call our office today at 860-290-8690 to schedule a free consultation.