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Stamford Wrongful Death Lawyer

If someone close to you dies because of an act of negligence or an intentionally harmful act, you need an experienced Connecticut wrongful death lawyer to hold the responsible party accountable. Contact Goff Law Group, LLC so we can help you can explore all possible sources of compensation. Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but you may be able to secure a more financially stable future and perhaps prevent such a travesty from happening in the future.

Regardless of what type of case you bring to us, we offer open communication, but that’s particularly true for those grieving the loss of a loved one. We know that, in these situations, we are all some clients have to support them during this process – and we take that responsibility seriously.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Stamford

In Connecticut, the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate must file this lawsuit. In the event that the decedent never appoints such an individual, or the one he/she appointed is unable to serve, the courts may appoint someone else to oversee to the deceased person’s estate, including filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Whether your loved one was already pursuing a personal injury case or the claim is new, we will investigate all avenues of the law to ensure as fair a settlement as possible.

The same burden of proof the law places on victims exists for the plaintiffs in a personal injury case prior to death. Connecticut law defines a wrongful death claim as one that seeks recompense for damages stemming from death. In a case of negligence, as an example, the accused party must have owed the victim care and have failed in fulfilling that obligation. Additionally, the failure must have been the direct cause of the death. Because the injured person has passed away, someone else must now step in on behalf of the survivors and the estate. Wrongful death liability, according to Connecticut law, can only result in financial penalties owed by the defendant, which distinguishes it from criminal proceedings.

Wrongful Death In Connecticut and the Statue of Limitations

The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Connecticut requires the executor or administrator to file suit within two years of the date of death, and no filing may happen after five years from that date. Some exceptions exist that allow the filing of the lawsuit after the two-year limit, but these are rare. Consult with a Stamford wrongful death attorney from Goff Law Group, LLC if you have questions about statues of limitations or filing dates in Connecticut. We can guide you through this process within the period the law stipulates.

Connecticut law states that any damages owed because of an untimely death may be granted in compensation for the following:

  • Outstanding medical or long-term care expenses
  • Funeral or burial fees
  • Potential income
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Ongoing pain and anguish from the death

Connecticut law allows courts to award double or triple damages in cases where a driver’s deliberate actions in violation of traffic laws constitute the primary factor leading to the accident. If this is applicable to your case, our Connecticut wrongful death lawyers will help you file the claim with the specific plea the law requires, explaining that the driver’s willful or grossly negligent actions led to the death of your loved one.

You will face several critical steps when filing a wrongful-death claim. Make sure you find the right legal team to help you take the necessary steps going forward. Goff Law Group, LLC has offices across Connecticut in Stamford, Shelton, New Haven, West Hartford, and Danbury, but we’ve helped people in every area of the state. Contact us today for a consultation on a wrongful death claim.