Waterbury Wrongful Death Lawyers
If your loved one was killed as the result of another party’s negligence in Connecticut, the administrator or executor of the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death action. The estate may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
The immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death is an incredibly stressful time for family members. Following an accidental death, it is extremely important to seek legal representation as soon as possible as Connecticut places a statute of limitations of two years on wrongful death claims.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understands that people who have recently lost loved ones are usually not prepared to make court appearances and file important paperwork. Our firm can handle all of the legal legwork for your wrongful death claim so you can take all the time you need to grieve.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients in Waterbury and many other surrounding areas of Connecticut. You can have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (203) 437-6190 to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer?
When you hire an attorney, they will quickly perform a thorough independent investigation of your loved one’s accident in order to determine the actual cause. The lawyer will also be able to identify all possible liable parties.
You will also want to have an attorney for help dealing with phone calls you are likely to receive from insurance companies for negligent parties. Agents for these insurers may try to pressure you to accept a lump-sum settlement to resolve your case.
In most cases, proposed settlements are nowhere near what families are actually entitled to. Your lawyer will have a better understanding of the true value of your case and be able to negotiate a much more equitable settlement.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will immediately begin negotiating with an insurance company for a fair and full settlement to your case. If the insurer proves unwilling to provide adequate compensation, we will file a lawsuit to try your case in court.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than three decades of legal experience and has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Our firm’s record of success includes $850,000 recovered for the family of an 83-year-old man killed in a motor vehicle accident. We also recovered $2.3 million for the family of a man killed in a traffic accident.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything unless you obtain a financial award. You can receive a no cost, no obligation consultation when you call (203) 437-6190.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Under Connecticut General Statute § 52-555, the executor or administrator of a deceased person’s estate is entitled to bring an action to recover damages from the party at fault for the injuries causing death. When an individual dies without a will, an executor or administrator is usually appointed through a probate court.
If a person does possess a will signed by a decedent, they have to deliver the will to the appropriate probate court within 30 days of the death. When a person dies without any known will, it is usually an heir or a creditor of the decedent that files an application to request the appointment of an administrator or executor.
Wrongful death claims stem from many different types of incidents. In some cases, a person is killed because of another party’s deliberate conduct, but many cases involve other parties having been negligent.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles wrongful death cases including (but not limited to):
- Lead Poisoning
- Truck Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective Products
- Bicycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
Damages in most wrongful death cases typically include awards for funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and lost earning capacity. Connecticut General Statute § 14-295 also provides that the trier of fact can award double or treble (triple) damages in a wrongful death action when it is specifically pleaded that a negligent party deliberately or with reckless disregard operated a motor vehicle and that violation was a substantial factor in causing the victim’s death (such as a drunk driving case, for example).
The Supreme Court of Connecticut wrote in Floyd v. Fruit Industries, Inc., 114 Conn. 659 (1957) that it had consistently held that damages for wrongful death are not restricted to those arising from the mere destruction of earning capacity. The Supreme Court noted that some damages are “recoverable for death itself, even though instantaneous, without regard to earnings or earning capacity.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there were 146,571 unintentional injury deaths in the United States in 2015. The unintentional death rate was about 45.6 deaths per 100,000 people.
Of those unintentional injury deaths, 33,381 were caused by unintentional falls, 37,757 were motor vehicle traffic deaths, and 47,478 involved unintentional poisoning. There were also 30.8 million emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in 2015, according to the CDC.
Contact a Waterbury Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Was your loved one killed because of another party’s negligence in Connecticut? You will want to contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible for assistance filing a wrongful death claim.
Call (203) 437-6190 or contact us online to have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.