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When you lose a beloved member of your family unexpectedly, your world turns upside down and your life is put on pause. You may be feeling a range of intense emotions and feel helpless and vulnerable.
For many families, this can be one of your darkest times. Trying to figure out how to pursue justice on behalf of your loved one during this time is almost unthinkable, and many families don’t know where to start.
At Action Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys in New Haven care about our clients and believe negligent parties must be held financially responsible for their actions. Your loved one shouldn’t have had to die as a result of someone else’s mistake. You can turn to our team knowing that we can put your legal goals first.
While you focus on spending this time with your family, we can investigate the accident, collect evidence, and much more in order to secure the maximum amount of financial compensation available under the law. You deserve nothing but compassion during your time of need.
Your family deserves to take this time to remember your loved one and heal, not worry about medical bills and funeral costs. Call our New Haven wrongful death lawyers to handle your claim at (203) 439-3143, or fill out the online form. We don’t win until you do.
Common Causes of Death
Any accident can cause death if it’s devastating enough of if the injuries are serious. Wrongful death claims can be filed whether the deceased individual died in the accident or in the hospital as a result of their injuries.
Perhaps the most common cause of wrongful death claims in the United States comes from car accidents. More than 6 million car accidents occur in the U.S. every year, and more than 90 people die in car accidents every day.
Though some outside factors can contribute to car accidents, human error accounts for the majority of them.
Common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Impaired driving.
Truck accidents and motorcycle accidents in particular can cause fatalities. Motorcyclists lack the outer protection that car passengers have and are more likely to die or suffer from serious injuries in an accident.
Trucks can cause devastating injuries because of their size and weight, and most fatalities in truck accidents are attributed to the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles involved.
Other common types of wrongful death claims include:
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Each state has its own laws dictating who is able to file a wrongful death claim after someone passes away due to the negligence of another party. While many states allow surviving family members to file a wrongful death claim, Connecticut does not.
In this state, executors or administrators are named by the court, who can then file a lawsuit. The executor files the lawsuit on behalf of all interested parties.
Interested parties who can benefit from a lawsuit include:
- Immediate family members who can request the estate file a claim on their behalf, such as spouses, children, and adopted children
- Life partners or anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased individual at the time of their death
- Distant family members, such as siblings or grandparents, though they need to prove they were financially dependent on the deceased individual
Who can be held responsible for wrongful death depends on the accident. In many motor vehicle accidents, the driver of the vehicle can be found negligent, though in some truck accidents the truck company can sometimes be at fault, as well as the company that manufactured the parts or was responsible for maintaining the truck.
What Happens During a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim differs from typical personal injury claims in that they serve two purposes. The claim compensates for both the costs accrued by the deceased person as well as compensates family members for their loss.
Our attorneys at Action Law Group have decades of experience securing compensation for clients and can work with you to determine how much you need to heal and secure your family’s future.
Damages we can recover include:
- Medical bills, such as costs of ambulance rides, hospital stays, and surgeries
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of income
- Loss of love, companionship, and care
- Pain and suffering the victim experienced up until their death
Non-economic damages are just as important as economic damages. While intangible, they can actually be calculated much higher than economic damages, as nothing can replace the love you have lost from your family member. Allow us to be your voice and fight for your rights to compensation while you focus on your recovery.
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