Bridgeport Wrongful Death Attorneys
Was your loved one was killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Connecticut? A wrongful death lawsuit could be filed by the administrator or executor of the deceased person’s estate.
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Connecticut is only two years. For this reason, families should not delay in seeking legal representation.
The Bridgeport wrongful death lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers know that families who are still adjusting to life without a loved one are not interested in or even ready for court appearances and filings. Our firm will take care of all of the requirements relating to your claim so your family can take as much time as you need to grieve.
We represent the families of residents and visitors killed in Bridgeport and several other nearby communities in Connecticut. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer?
You will want an attorney if you hope to recover as much compensation as possible in your case. Many wrongful death cases involve dealing with the insurance companies for the negligent parties, and most insurers make it a goal to pay as little as possible to resolve these types of claims.
In some cases, insurance companies will strain to find reasons to deny liability for accidents that caused a person’s death. In other cases, the insurer may quickly offer a victim a lump sum settlement.
You should be extremely skeptical of any settlement offer you receive from an insurance company, as they are usually lowball offers that are nowhere near what victims are entitled to. Do not think that you are giving up your only opportunity for compensation if you refuse a settlement offer.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can negotiate for a just settlement to your case that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses relating to the death of your loved one. Our firm will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when an insurance company does not make a satisfactory settlement offer.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury LawyersTo Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015. Our firm’s record of success includes $2.3 million recovered for the family of a man killed in a traffic accident and $850,000 recovered for the family of an 83-year-old man killed in a motor vehicle accident.
Attorney Jonathan Perkins is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Bar Association, and Connecticut Bar Association. He is admitted to state courts in New York and Connecticut as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Perkins has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and has over 30 years of legal experience. Our dedicated staff also includes receptionists, case managers, paralegals, and investigators.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay when you receive a monetary award. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to take advantage of a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Connecticut General Statute § 52-555 establishes that the administrator or executor of a deceased person’s estate can bring an action to recover damages from the party at fault for the person’s death. The executor or administrator is usually appointed by a probate court when a person dies without a will.
A will must be delivered to the appropriate probate court within 30 days of the death by the person possessing the will signed by a decedent. An heir or creditor of the decedent usually files an application to request the appointment of an administrator or executor when a person dies without any known will
Several kinds of incidents can result in wrongful death. An individual could be killed by another party’s intentional conduct, such as a murder or an assault, but several cases involve some negligence by another party.
Common causes of action in wrongful death cases include, but are not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- Truck Accidents
- Lead Poisoning
Damages in wrongful death cases often include awards for lost earning capacity, medical bills, and funeral and burial expenses. Under Connecticut General Statute § 14-295, a court 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 drunk driving).
In Floyd v. Fruit Industries, Inc., 114 Conn. 659 (1957), the Supreme Court of Connecticut wrote in 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 wrote that some damages are “recoverable for death itself, even though instantaneous, without regard to earnings or earning capacity.”
Wrongful Death Statistics
There were 146,571 unintentional injury deaths in the United States in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The accidental death rate was approximately 45.6 deaths per 100,000 people.
The unintentional injury deaths included 33,381 unintentional falls, 37,757 motor vehicle traffic deaths, and 47,478 unintentional poisonings. The CDC also reported 30.8 million emergency department visits for unintentional injuries in 2015.
Contact a Bridgeport Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If your loved one killed because of another party’s negligence in Connecticut, it is imperative for you to take legal action as quickly as possible to preserve your right to recover damages. The experienced trial lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will promptly conduct an independent investigation to collect key evidence and then work tirelessly to hold the negligent party accountable.
Wrongful death claims can be emotionally challenging for many families, but our firm will help guide you through the entire process. Call (203) 380-1556 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.