Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through. When someone else's negligence causes that loss, it can be even more devastating. In Connecticut, the law allows certain family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their loss. But who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut? In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive guide to help you understand the process.
Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Connecticut
Before we dive into who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, let's first understand what it is. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit filed when someone dies due to someone else's negligence or intentional act. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to seek compensation for the damages caused by the wrongful death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Connecticut?
Only certain family members in Connecticut are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These include:
- The surviving spouse
- The surviving children
- The surviving parents
- The executor or administrator of the deceased's estate
If the deceased person did not have a spouse, children, or parents, the next of kin can file the lawsuit. It's important to note that only one wrongful death lawsuit can be filed, and it must be filed within two years of the date of death.
Damages That Can Be Recovered
The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses related to the deceased's final injury or illness
- Loss of the deceased's earning capacity
- Loss of the deceased's companionship, guidance, and comfort
- Pain and suffering of the surviving family members
How an Experienced Attorney Can Help
If you're considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut, working with an experienced attorney is essential. A wrongful death lawsuit can be complex, and an attorney can help you navigate the process and protect your rights. At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we have over 60 years of experience representing clients in wrongful death cases.
In conclusion, it's important to understand your rights if you've lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence. Only certain family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut, and it's essential to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. If you have any questions about filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut, please don't hesitate to contact us at (860) 245-2412.