When a loved one dies due to someone else’s negligence, surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. This can be done by filing a wrongful death claim in a Connecticut civil court. However, there are limitations as to how long one can wait to file such a claim.
There is a statute of limitations regarding all types of civil claims. Wrongful death claims are no exception. While most people are not thinking about taking legal action soon after a loved one loses his or her life, when ready, the appropriate steps to seeking compensation can be taken.
According to state statutes, family members of deceased victims have up to five years to file civil claims in court. The claims that may be filed include wrongful death and survival actions — among others. Relief may be sought for medical costs, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, loss of consortium and various other economic and non-economic damages.
Being aware of the statute of limitations set by the state is important. Those who wait too long to file wrongful death claims or other civil actions may lose their opportunity to seek compensation for their losses. This may only hurt them in the long-run.
An experienced wrongful death attorney can assist those in Connecticut who have lost loved ones due to other’s negligence in seeking damages in court. Wrongful death and any other applicable civil claims may be filed in an effort to secure financial relief for any economic losses and compensation for any non-economic damages sustained. Fair and full compensation can be achieved if claims are filed in the appropriate time frame and if negligence can be established to the satisfaction of the court.
Source: cga.ct.gov, “Chapter 925: Sec. 52-555. Actions for injuries resulting in death“, Accessed on Jan. 17, 2017