Imagine how devastating the unexpected death of a loved one can be. A person who was once an integral part of your life is suddenly ripped away from you. Moreover, if your loved one’s death was due to the fault of another, your loss can be especially devastating. Unfortunately, this is the situation some people in Hartford have faced in the past or are currently facing.
A fatal car crash, fatal workplace accident and medical malpractice are just a few causes that may lead to a wrongful death. If a loved one’s death is due to any of these causes, the victim’s family may want to consider pursuing a wrongful death suit against any responsible party. The victim’s family may need compensation to cover funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. However, it is important that, despite their grief, families in such situations do not put off seeking compensation for too long. This is because when it comes to wrongful death suits, there is a “statute of limitations” in place.
A statute of limitations is a law that puts a limit on how long a person has to file a lawsuit. If a person does not file such a suit within the statute of limitations, he or she could lose the ability to file a suit altogether. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit is two years from the date of death. In addition, a wrongful death suit cannot be brought more than five years after the act that caused the wrongful death occurred, which may be the case if the death was not immediately linked to the negligent act, or if the person did not immediately pass away. On an interesting note, if the person responsible for the wrongful death was convicted in a criminal court on the same facts, a wrongful death suit may be brought at any time.
In the end, since there is a statute of limitations in place for wrongful death suits, those who are considering pursuing one should not put off visiting a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to help clients determine if filing a wrongful death suit is appropriate, and can represent the client throughout the legal process.