Wrongful Death Attorney Bridgeport New Haven
Help for Families in Wrongful Death Claims
According to the legal dictionary, wrongful death is defined as “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person. Wrongful death is perhaps the most devastating personal injury, as family members are left without a loved one. If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of another, the decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for their loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Law in ConnecticutThis area of Law is governed by Connecticut General Statute 55-555 which provides in relevant part: “…that an administrator may recover from the party legally at fault for such injuries [resulting in death] just damages together with the cost of reasonably necessary medical, hospital, and nursing services, and including funeral expenses.” The Connecticut Supreme Court has further defined that “damages for wrongful death are not restricted to those arising from the mere distraction of earning capacity. Some damages are recoverable for the death itself, even though instantaneous, without regards to earnings or earning capacity.” An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury resulting in death. Some Examples of Wrongful Death:
- The driver of an automobile who unintentionally causes the death of another in an accident.
- A blow to the head during an altercation that later results in death.
- An individual who, in violation of local law, neglects to enclose a swimming pool in his yard can be held liable for the omission or failure to act if a child is attracted to the pool and subsequently drowns
- A defective product
- A fall down due to defective premises
- Medical errors