Wrongful Death Claims Must Be Filed By the Executor of the Estate
In Connecticut, all wrongful death claims must be filed by an attorney or other representative of the survivors who suffered damages as a result of their loved one’s death. Surviving family members are also known as the “real parties in interest.” The representative is usually the executor of the decedent’s estate; however, if the decedent died without naming an executor in their will, the court may appoint one.
Some of the people that could be considered “real parties in interest” include:
- The decedent’s spouse
- The decedent’s children
- The decedent’s parents
- The decedent’s siblings
Types of Damages in a Connecticut Wrongful Death Claim
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not only give your family the chance to seek compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you have suffered, but it will provide an opportunity for you to seek justice on behalf of your loved one. With the help of an attorney from Carter Mario Law Firm, you can fight to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent, reckless, or careless actions.
As a beneficiary in a wrongful death case, you may be entitled to:
- Damages for funeral and burial expenses
- Damages for any end-of-life medical expenses
- Damages for the actual loss of the decedent’s life
- Damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Damages for loss of income / earning capacity
You Only Have Two Years To File a Wrongful Death Claim
In Connecticut, you only have two years from the date of death to file a claim. There are few exceptions to the statute of limitations – even for the death of a child. Even if exceptions do apply, no claim can be filed after five years of your loved one’s death. For this reason, it is imperative that you speak with a Connecticut wrongful death lawyer at Carter Mario Law Firm if you think you have a case.