Our offices remain open 24/7 despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more information.

Personal injury

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Connecticut


Our Team is Here to Support You During This Difficult Time

The loss of a loved one is always tragic and can be made even more devastating when that loss is sudden or unexpected. The term wrongful death applies if someone loses their life in an accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another. Proving negligence or carelessness in a wrongful death claim can be a complicated process. The compassionate Connecticut wrongful death attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have the experience to provide you with representation in your time of need.

Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim

The 4 identifying elements of a wrongful death claim include:

  • The accident causing the death was caused entirely or partially by another
  • The death was a direct result of the negligent or careless actions of another
  • As a result of the death, you and your family suffered significant losses
  • The death has resulted in significant financial damages and tangible losses

Appointing a Personal Representative

Before you can pursue a claim, you must appoint a personal representative. This person acts as administrator if your loved one did not have a will. If your loved one had a will, this person acts as executor. This appointee acts on behalf of the estate making important decisions. To name this appointee, visit the probate court in the district where your loved one lived.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of others, trust Carter Mario Law Firm to help. Contact our team today at (203) 806-9256 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Compensation for Your Loss

In a wrongful death case, a beneficiary such as a husband, wife, child, parent, heir, or next-of-kin may be entitled to damages or monetary compensation for the loss of a loved one. The damages you receive from the party responsible for your loved one’s death are not intended to punish the at-fault party for their negligent or careless actions.

They are intended to compensate you for your loved one’s injuries and losses. The Connecticut wrongful death attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.

Types of Damages

In the state of Connecticut, statutes govern the types of damages to which you may be entitled in a wrongful death case.

These damages are grouped into 2 categories:

  • Economic Damages: These cover actual expenses incurred as a result of the death, such as medical or funeral expenses
  • Non-Economic Damages: These are costs that are not tangible, such as pain and suffering or diminished quality of life

Available Damages

Under Connecticut law, damages that may be available to you as the beneficiary of a wrongful death claim may include:

  • Reasonable and Necessary Expenses: Damages for medical, funeral, and burial expenses
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: Damages for the loss of your loved one’s income contribution
  • Loss of Capacity to Enjoy Life: Damages for the decedent’s loss of quality of life
  • Compensation for Death: Damages related to the actual loss of your loved one’s life
  • Pain and Suffering: Damages for pain and suffering the decedent experienced before death

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of others, trust Carter Mario Law Firm to help. Contact our team today at (203) 806-9256 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Wrongful Death FAQ

What is Wrongful Death?

The term wrongful death applies if someone loses their life in an accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

Under Connecticut law, the administrator or executor of a deceased person’s estate has 2 years from the date of the decedent’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, there are certain exceptions for wrongful death suits that may be filed after the 2-year deadline has passed.

What is an Average Settlement?

Without first evaluating the details, it’s hard to know the value of the claim.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages which include:

  • Reasonable/Necessary Expenses
  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Capacity to Enjoy Life
  • Compensation for Death
  • Pain and Suffering

What are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages punish an at-fault party for their negligence or carelessness. These damages may be awarded by a jury. Compensatory damages cover the actual expenses you incurred — including medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses, and more.

Do I Have a Claim?

The 4 identifying elements of a wrongful death claim include:

  • The accident causing the death was caused entirely or partially by another
  • The death was a direct result of the negligent or careless actions of another
  • As a result of the death, you and your family suffered significant losses
  • The death has resulted in significant financial damages and tangible losses

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of others, trust Carter Mario Law Firm to help. Contact our team today at (203) 806-9256 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

CLIENT VICTORIES

We've Recovered Hundreds of Millions for Clients Throughout Connecticut
  • Failure to Treat $3,900,000

    Gastroenterologist and primary care doctor failed to treat or transfer our 65-year-old client who was hospitalized for GI bleeding, which resulted in our client’s death.

  • Illegal Left-Hand Turn $2,400,000

    A 17-year-old driving an SUV made an illegal left-hand turn at a T-intersection in a residential neighborhood. The driver hit our 36-year-old client and suffered severe head and brain trauma; multiple fractures to his face and skull; multiple rib fractures; cervical vertebrae fracture; left femur, left hand, and left foot fractures; a punctured lung.

  • Pedestrian Accident $2,400,000

    Our client was a pedestrian that was struck by a car. This accident caused a severe injury that resulted in leg amputation.

  • Head-On Collision Results in Passenger’s Death $2,300,000

    A 23-year-old male was a passenger in a vehicle that crossed into the path of a school bus and struck it head-on, which resulted in his death.

  • Cable Man Slipped on a Half Inch of Ice in the Entryway $2,250,000

    A 34-year-old man was installing cable television equipment at a condominium complex when he slipped on a half-inch of ice in the entryway, causing him to fall on his back and hit his head. As a result, the man underwent three invasive procedures due to lumbar spine injuries. Despite the procedures, he was determined to be 40 percent disabled, limiting his future ability to work in a full-time, labor-intensive position.

  • Low-Impact Sideswipe $2,050,000

    A 34-year-old driver was sideswiped on the highway and later developed failed back syndrome, leaving him unable to work and suffering from chronic pain.

  • Fall on Ice $1,900,000

    Our diabetic client fell on the ice and broke their ankle. Rubbing from the ankle cast caused a non-healing wound which led to leg amputation.

  • Death Due to Failure to Diagnose $1,650,000

    Death due to failure to diagnose skin cancer.

  • Scooter Accident $1,250,000

    A scooter operator was hit after the defendant attempted to make a left-hand turn. The client suffered severe injuries, including a fractured hip and a concussion.

/

WHY CHOOSE CARTER MARIO LAW FIRM?

  • Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Recovered

    We have secured countless victories on behalf of injured clients throughout the state of Connecticut since 1989.

  • Experience on Your Side

    We have been fighting for personal injury victims throughout Connecticut for more than three decades, and we're just getting started. 

  • Committed to Our Community

    We are dedicated to serving our community inside and outside of the courtroom, and even run a statewide outreach initiative to give back.

  • A Team That Puts You First

    At Carter Mario Law Firm, our clients are our number one priority. This is why we provide every client with 24/7 access to the legal team working on their case.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Real Stories from Real People
  • Client
    Such a great experience.

    “I had such a great experience with Carter Mario Law Firm. Everyone was amazing, helpful and comforting during this stressful time.”

    - Michelle P.
  • Client
    It felt really good to have someone.

    “My son suffered an injury after being hurt in a car accident, and it felt really good to have someone fighting for the person you love.”

    - Alex M.
  • Client
    Took so much stress off of me.

    “When I had my work-related injury, Carter Mario took on the workers’ comp insurance company that tried to belittle me and dealt with them, which took so much stress off of me. Thank you so much.”

    - Ruth H.
  • Client
    The team has helped me incredibly.

    “Excellent client services and professional. The team has helped me incredibly throughout the aftermath of an accident from day one.”

    - Jeremy G.
  • Client
    Tough and fearless.

    “Look no further, you have found the best personal injury law firm in Connecticut. Tough and fearless, and I cannot think of anyone better to represent me.”

    - Phillip Y.
/