Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Connecticut Pursue Justice After Fatal Accidents
Effective Connecticut advocates seek compensation from liable parties
Connecticut law authorizes the representative of a deceased person’s estate to seek wrongful death damages against individuals or businesses responsible for the victim’s untimely passing. However, it can be difficult for bereaved loved ones to take the steps necessary to hold a negligent party accountable. At Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. in East Haven and Hamden, we are experienced litigators who provide strong, compassionate support to clients who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one. Whether the fatality occurred in a vehicle accident, due to medical malpractice or in some other type of incident, we outline the potential financial recovery that is available and work diligently to secure appropriate damages for grieving family members.
Responsive litigators work to secure damages for final costs and lost income
Our firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers seek justice for clients when a person or company’s negligence was not merely harmful, but fatal. In these cases, we take great care to explain the key facets of wrongful death claims, such as:
- Who can sue — Though the spouse, children or parents of a victim might end up with the proceeds from a wrongful death case, the lawsuit must be brought by the representative of the deceased person’s estate. This is usually the person appointed as executor In the decedent’s will or the individual designated by the court to serve as administrator when the victim died intestate.
- Available damages — Several different types of damages can be awarded if liability is found in a wrongful death case, including reimbursement for medical costs, funeral expenses and income that the decedent would have been expected to earn throughout their lifetime. We also advise as to what might be appropriate compensation for the loss of enjoyment in the lives of surviving loved ones.
- Statute of limitations — In most cases, the estate representative has two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit. However, in matters stemming from medical malpractice or toxic exposure, the statute of limitations might be tolled for the period in which the cause of death was not apparent to a reasonably diligent person. However, certain situations may require shorter notice periods or allow for longer tolling periods, depending on specific circumstances.
No payment can truly account for what family members have lost due a wrongful death, but our experienced litigators take the time to understand your situation and fight to achieve a positive outcome.
Skillful lawyers take on cases stemming from deadly auto accidents
After deadly car and truck accidents, we have the experience and resources to determine who was at fault for the crash. From there, we deal with insurance companies and defense lawyers in order to secure proper payment for wrongful death claimants. Our background in this area is particularly useful in truck accident litigation where several different parties besides the driver might bear some legal responsibility for the fatal collision.
Accomplished firm handles matters relating to fatal medical mistakes
When someone dies after they’ve been under a doctor’s medical care, bereaved loved ones might not immediately suspect that a treatment error led to the death. Regardless of whether a fatality stemmed from a surgical error, misdiagnosis, carelessness during the childbirth process, prescription problem or something else, we consult with subject matter experts to determine if professional standards were violated. If so, we press to hold doctors, hospitals and other healthcare defendants accountable through either a trial or appropriate settlement payment.
Comprehensive firm aids clients who lost loved ones in workplace accidents
Under Connecticut’s workers’ compensation law, surviving family members are entitled to some death benefits after a fatal workplace accident, including money for burial expenses and periodic payments similar to those received by an injured employee. In some instances, additional damages might be available if a third party was responsible for the fatality, such as a careless driver in an employee’s vehicle accident or the manufacturer of faulty safety equipment used at construction site. Our firm has the wide-ranging experience to handle wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims after a tragedy occurs on the job.
Contact an experienced Connecticut lawyer for advice on a wrongful death claim
Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C. assists estate representatives and bereaved family members seeking relief in Connecticut wrongful death actions. To discuss your situation with a qualified attorney in East Haven or Hamden, please call 203-745-0942 or contact us online.