It is probably hard for most people to deal with the unexpected death of a loved one. But it can be even harder when the death was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person. However, when these are the circumstances in the death of a Connecticut resident, the law provides an opportunity to recover financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be based on a wide variety of circumstances, such as medical malpractice, work accidents or car accidents. Like other personal injury lawsuits, the party that files the lawsuit – the plaintiff – will need to prove that the allegedly negligent party breached a duty that was owed to the deceased person, and that the breach of that duty led directly to the death in the case.
However, above and beyond these issues, the plaintiff may also have to show that the deceased person’s surviving family members are suffering monetarily due to the death. In many cases, the deceased person was a mother or father whose income supported children and other family members. That lost income stream can have a significantly negative impact on a family.
Besides the lost income involved, the surviving family members may also attempt to recover financial compensation for any medical expenses that were incurred prior to the death. They may also attempt to recover compensation for funeral expenses and any other expenses that were related to the death of their family member. In some cases, expert testimony is needed to show the extent of the financial injuries that the surviving family members suffered.