Recovery Available For Fatal Accidents In Connecticut
If your loved one was killed by an act of negligence or carelessness, losses may be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Even with the safety measures available today, the world remains a place where accidents happen every day. Unfortunately, sometimes these accidents can be fatal. Although you may think that recovery is not available in fatal accidents as it is with accidents causing injury, this is fortunately not the case. In Connecticut, the decedent’s estate can recover may of the losses caused by the death in a wrongful death lawsuit.
A “wrongful death” is a broad term covering many situations where a person’s death is caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness or intentional conduct. In day-to-day life, wrongful death is present in many situations that result in a fatality, such as motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, medical malpractice and murder. Although the responsible party may also face criminal charges for their role in the decedent’s death, charges are not necessary to file (nor influence the outcome of) a wrongful death lawsuit, since it is a separate civil proceeding.