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Are you in need of a Connecticut wrongful death attorney? Call the Law Office of Michael L. Chambers. Jr.
The loss of a loved one, accidental or expected, can be traumatic and devastating. Medical expenses, funeral costs, and your pain and suffering can be stressful and exhausting. The team at the Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. will be there to help you through this process. We are available to assist you in any way we can, answer any questions you may have, and fight for the compensation we know will never replace the one in your life that was ripped away due to someone else’s careless and negligent behavior. We know that no amount of money can ever replace a life, but any compensation you are owed can help alleviate the stress of your loved one’s passing. We can gather all the information and litigate your rights with whoever may be responsible. Whether it be a private party, judge and jury, or insurance providers, we will do all the hard debating for you so you can focus on healing.
Wrongful Death Claims And Causes
A personal injury claim filed by the family of a victim who has lost their life due to the reckless negligence of another is called a wrongful death claim. The difference between a wrongful death claim and a personal injury claim is the injury took the victim’s life or the victim died due to not having the appropriate level of care needed to survive an injury.
Furthermore, the difference between murder and wrongful deaths is actually vast. Wrongful death can be defined as the death of a person from an injury caused by an accident or another’s negligent and reckless behavior leading to the victim’s life being cut short. Murder is one’s actions towards another with the intent to end their life. Wrongful death claims are a civil litigation matter where murder is a crime and incarceration is the likely outcome.
From cases like medical malpractice to a fatal car accident, wrongful death claims encompass it all. The law against negligence doesn’t discriminate. Whether it is a person, big business, or even a top dollar surgeon, they can and will be brought into the light and held responsible for their careless actions. A criminal investigation into an incident isn’t needed for a wrongful death claim, and vice versa. Wrongful death can be the source of many different types of accidents including:
- Semi-Truck Accidents– Due to many differences, semi accidents have a category all their own even though they are still classified as motor vehicle accidents. Because of their size, commercial trucks have a greater chance of causing fatalities in the accidents they’re involved in. Types of semi accidents are different as well. These can be anywhere from driver air to mechanical failure to inclement weather.
- Defective Products– If a defective product is put through production and into consumers’ hands, a manufacturing company can be held accountable for any injuries that may occur. This could be a toy distributor, medical equipment supplier, even an automotive parts company.
- Pedestrian Accidents- Like with commercial truck accidents, automobile accidents against pedestrians can be fatal as passenger vehicles weigh more than any pedestrian does. The fact that a pedestrian has no safety mechanism around them to protect them from an automobile strike is what could potentially lead to a fatality.
- Dog Bites- Dogs can be huge and fluffy and some of our greatest protectors, but some can be mean. A dog bite can come out of nowhere and cause devastating injuries, even fatalities. It is the dog owner who is responsible for controlling the dog, no matter if it’s out on a leash or keeping it in an enclosed area on their property where the dog cannot hurt people outside. Every 40 seconds in the United States, there is a dog bite victim seeking medical attention.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents- It takes a few seconds for a motor vehicle accident to drastically change someone’s life. Injuries from automobile accidents can be catastrophic and take years to fully heal from if they don’t end in fatalities. The injuries sustained in the accident sometimes can have complications resulting in the death of a loved one. Also, not every injury is apparent during the first chaotic few moments of an emergency room arrival. Some examples of how an automobile accident can occur are impaired driving, distracted driving, reckless behavior, or aggressive driving. All are different, but all can end in the death of someone else if the driver is not being as safe as possible.
- Medical malpractice- Doctors or nurses who failed to perform their sworn duty to give patients the highest regard of care fall into a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is intentional harm, or accidental misdiagnosis, medicinal error, or surgical mishaps due to negligence or carelessness.
- Workplace accidents- Construction site owners or anyone not employed by the construction company can be claimed as the responsible party and a workplace accident claim. For this, surviving family members may be able to claim higher financial compensation than the normal employer’s benefits allow.
While not every instance in these examples can be claimed as wrongful death, you will still need an experienced attorney to investigate the situation. Each case is different, each situation diverse, and every person is unique. While your family is struggling to come to terms with life after a loved one has been taken too soon, allow the team at The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. to carry the burden of legal litigation and gathering information to prove a wrongful death claim. If your loved one was taken too soon by the negligent or reckless actions of another, call us today for a confidential no-obligation consultation.
Injuries that can lead to a wrongful death
The most common reason we think about a wrongful desk is in a car accident. However, this is not always the case. Often, victims don’t die on impact. Negligent, reckless, or careless behavior from another can cause an injury that later takes a person’s life instead of immediately. Medical professionals may even miss some crucial injuries that later result in fatalities. Injuries can include:
- Broken bones- If the bone isn’t completely gathered, small pieces can travel through the system and pierce vital organs. The heart, lungs, and intestines are subject to damage due to broken ribs. Some punctures can be hard to predict and the patient may not know until it’s too late.
- Internal injuries- Injuries on the inside of the body can be dangerous as well as devastating. They can go undetected for long periods of time, making proper diagnosis difficult. Unfortunately, if they go undetected for too long they can cars coma seizures internal bleeding, and death.
- Traumatic brain injury- bumps, blows, or jolts to the head can cause a disruption in the brain’s normal functioning. Any blow to the head depending on where it happens on the brain can cause immediate death. Traumatic brain injury survivors don’t live a normal long life.
Was the death of your loved one the result of the careless and negligent acts of another? If so, you’re going to need the help of a committed Connecticut wrongful death attorney. At The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr., our compassionate team of wrongful death attorneys is on standby to answer any questions you may have about the death of your loved one and can help you determine if you have a wrongful death case. Call us today for your free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. If you don’t have time for a consultation right away, you can also visit our website to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim, And What Is Allowed To Be Claimed?
In the state of Connecticut, surviving family members are not allowed to file a wrongful death claim. Only a legal representative or executive of the decedent’s estate can bring a wrongful death claim to an attorney. The lawsuits that an estate representative files are on the behalf of what the law considers the “real parties of interest”. Such parties of interest can include:
- Immediate Family Members – Spouses, children, and adopted children of the deceased may ask the estate representative to file a lawsuit on their behalf.
- Life Partners or Financial Dependents – After immediate family, the decedent’s life partner or financial dependents may also file for compensation.
- Distant Family Members – These include the decedent’s children or grandparents. While this may not apply to all wrongful death claims, these distant family members must be financially dependent on the decedent in order to be able to file for any compensation.
No amount of money can fill the void a loved one leaves in your heart and in your home. However, compensation may help the transition into life now. Surviving members of the victim’s family can file for compensation under a different suit than the wrongful death, but the representative of the estate can claim compensation for reasons that can include:
- Medical expenses– Any expenses incurred by the deceased directly related to the injury that later resulted in their passing.
- Punitive damages- These claims are meant to punish the at-fault party with the hope that it will make them stop and think before continuing their behavior.
- Funeral costs- Funerals are expensive. The cost of all the preparations, services, and casket can range from $7,000-$12,000.
If the sudden loss of your loved one was the result of the careless actions of another individual, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. Our compassionate and committed team of wrongful death attorneys will fight by your side to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve for your loss. Call us for a free consultation to answer any questions you may have about your situation and we will offer the best legal advice we can.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Wrongful Death?
Anyone directly involved with the decedent’s death can be named in a wrongful death suit. For example, if an accident were to involve a commercial truck and a passenger car, there is a line of people who can be liable for the decedent’s death, depending on the cause of the accident. These causes could include driver error or impairment, a suddenly shifted trailer load, improper truck maintenance, or defective parts of either vehicle. Those who could be held responsible for wrongful death in this scenario could include:
- The operator of the truck
- The truck driver’s employer if the driver was not properly trained
- The truck’s owner if neither the driver’s employer or the driver own the vehicle
- The maintenance company responsible for the upkeep on the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck itself and truck parts
- The company responsible for loading and securing the load in the truck’s trailer
What Is The Statute Of Limitations In Connecticut?
The estate’s representative has two years from the time of the decedent’s death to file a wrongful death claim. While two years can feel like a long time, it is in the estate’s best interest to get a wrongful death attorney involved as soon as possible. A wrongful death attorney can conduct an individual investigation and gather the necessary evidence needed to prove a strong wrongful death case against those who are responsible for the sudden loss of your loved one.
Calling A Wrongful Death Attorney In Connecticut
Was a loved one taken too soon due to the negligent and reckless behavior of another? The Law Office of Michael L. Chambers, Jr. is here to help. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your situation and offer legal advice. With several years of combined experience, you can count on us to stand by your side to fight for your rights and keep your best interest in mind. You can call us today at (860)-231-9535 for your free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation, or you can visit attorneymichaelchambersjr.com to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.
Learning About You and Your Case
After that, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to take in your case and describe the types of compensation that may be available to you. Any fees involved with moving forward will be discussed as some cases can work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you’ll pay nothing until we secure a successful resolution.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Complaint
The complaint will contain the details of the accident and your injuries, as well as the legal action we’re taking against the defendant and the compensation we’ll be seeking for you. The defendant will be required to give a response to the complaint.
The Discovery Process
Both parties may also take depositions or sworn statements and in some cases, we’ll consult with accident reconstruction or medical experts. These experts can provide reports and even testify on your behalf if needed.
Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings
The defendant may file a motion to get the case dismissed due to lack of evidence but we may file a motion for immediate relief based on a set of undisputed facts.
Negotiating a Settlement
The negotiation process starts with us making a demand for compensation. The defendant responds with an offer. The offer may be further negotiated until an agreement is settled upon.
Going to Trial
Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements. However, if a case goes to trial, our law firm has 15+ years of experience in the courtroom and we’re ready to fight for you.
Collecting Your Judgement or Settlement
Post-Trial Motions and Appeals
While a case is on appeal, settlement negotiations may actually resume in an effort to bring timely closure to the case.
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