The confusion that comes with the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one is enough to leave anyone reeling. First you get the tragic news, then there is a rush to the hospital and, finally, the realization that there isn't anything more that can be done. It's a situation that no one ever wants to find themselves in. But, when these tragic scenarios unfold, the family members of the deceased victim need to be aware of their legal rights. So, what do you need to know about wrongful death lawsuits?
Well, first and foremost, you'll need to be certain that your loved one's death was caused by another party's negligent or reckless conduct. In many cases, the death was the result of a car accident. In others, it may have been a worksite accident or even an auto-pedestrian accident. There are many ways in which a tragic accident can occur and result in someone's death. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident can be crucial in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Next, the family of the deceased loved one will need to prove that the accident, and the resultant death, caused them hardship that should result in compensable damages. In most cases, this means that the deceased loved one provided a crucial stream of revenue for the family, particular for a spouse and children. But, beyond the potential lost wages, there are other damages that may be pursued as well, including loss of companionship and pain and suffering damages.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be difficult, not just from a legal standpoint but from an emotional standpoint as well. For any family members in Connecticut who find themselves in a position to potentially pursue a wrongful death claim, knowing the basics of the legal process is crucial.