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Important Steps to take if a Loved One was involved in a Fatal Accident

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Finding out that a loved one was involved in a fatal accident is devastating. Learning that the death was due to the fault of someone else can leave you overwhelmed, angry, and unsure of how to move forward. While nothing can truly replace the loss of a loved one, pursuing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver is the best way to seek compensation for your loss. Read on to find out how best to proceed in such circumstances.

Understand Your Rights under Connecticut Law 

Connecticut law permits a loved one of a deceased person to file a wrongful death lawsuit in court.  Generally, such a claim must be filed within two years from the date of the incident. 

In some states, the deceased person’s family is permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Connecticut, however, only an administrator or an executor of the deceased person’s estate may bring a wrongful death claim. 

If the person died without a will, or if the administrator or named executor cannot serve, the Probate Court may appoint a person to handle the affairs of the deceased person’s estate, which may include deciding whether to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Preserve Evidence

To help prove negligence, it is important to collect and keep as much evidence as possible, from video and photographs of the scene, to medical records, and eyewitness statements.  A wrongful death attorney can help you do just that.

Determine the Financial Impact of the Accident

Under Connecticut law, any person that is legally responsible for causing the death of another can be held liable for damages. These damages can include: 

  • compensation for income the deceased would have been expected to earn during his/her working career;
  • the destruction of the ability to enjoy life’s activities;
  • damage to person property;
  • medical expenses and funeral costs; and
  • a decedent’s spouse may claim compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, and intimacy that would have otherwise been provided by their deceased partner.

Contact a Fatal Accident Attorney in Connecticut 

Although nothing can bring your loved one back, pursuing legal action can help alleviate the financial burdens brought on by his/her death. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help determine the financial impact, provide support and guidance, and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact AHC Injury Law at (203) 331-8888 or visit our website.

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