There is more to pursuing a civil suit than simply filing the paperwork. This is something that anyone in Connecticut who believes they have a case needs to be aware of. In addition to determining whether the claim stands a chance of being successful under the law, it is important to know whether there is any statute of limitations on taking action. Typically there is.
Depending on the circumstances of a case, there may be jurisdictional factors that need to be considered. If criminal proceedings are pending against a suspect in the matter, it might be beneficial to wait until they are resolved. Any verdict that might be handed down might bolster or mitigate the success of a civil suit.
Clearly, with so much at stake and so many elements to consider, consulting with an experienced attorney is always advised. Those who become victims of serious or fatal injury due to other's negligence have a right to seek compensation and recovery for the losses they suffer.
The myriad issues that may influence whether and how to proceed in a civil action seem to be on display in one recently filed case in the Chicago area. It involves the violent stabbing death of a woman in September 2013.
The claims in this wrongful death suit are twofold. One is that the victim's employer knew the victim, an employee, was under threat of possible harm and failed to provide adequate protection for her. The second seeks to hold the man charged with the death, a former boyfriend, accountable for the alleged assault.
According to the suit, the suspect hounded the victim for hours at the McDonald's restaurant where she was working the last day she was seen alive. It alleges that coworkers and managers did nothing to stop the harassment, even after hearing the man threaten to kill her. Her stabbed body was found several days later in a park near the restaurant.
Because sites of the case border on two counties, the suit has been filed in both jurisdictions to, as the plaintiff's attorney says, cover the bases. And the suit's filing before resolution of the criminal case reflects the pressures brought by the statute of limitations.
Time is of the essence in this case.