Lyme, Connecticut, Wrongful Death

When you’ve lost a family member because of another party’s wrongful acts, you deserve to seek accountability and compensation for your family’s emotional and financial harm. Contact Holth & Kollman, LLC, for a free initial case review with a caring, dedicated wrongful death attorney who will fight to obtain the justice your family needs to heal and move forward after a loved one’s death.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death claim arises when a person’s death occurs due to the effects of another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts (such as a violent crime). Wrongful death claims typically occur from the same events or accidents that would give the deceased individual the right to pursue a personal injury claim if they survived their injuries or fatal health complications.

Wrongful death claims can recover compensation that the decedent would have obtained in a personal injury claim; however, these claims can also provide a decedent’s surviving family with compensation for the financial and personal losses they suffer due to their loved one’s passing.

Wrongful death claims differ from criminal prosecutions for homicide in several important ways. For starters, a wrongful death claim may involve ordinary negligence and does not require criminal intent or behavior. Furthermore, while a criminal prosecution requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, a party will bear liability in a wrongful death claim if the plaintiff proves that the defendant was more likely than not to have caused the decedent’s death.

Why Choose a Wrongful Death Attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC?

Losing a loved one can cause you and your family considerable grief and emotional distress. It can be a struggle to heal and work towards moving forward. A wrongful death lawyer can give your family the space and support you need following a loved one’s passing. Hiring the right attorney can make the process of recovering and pursuing a wrongful death claim easier for your family. For over 45 years, clients and families in Lyme and throughout Connecticut have turned to the legal team at Holth & Kollman, LLC, for dedicated support and advocacy because:

  • Our firm treats clients with the compassion and respect they deserve as they work through a trying time. Our team will take the time to get to know your family and understand your needs to pursue legal strategies tailored to your situation. We offer an open line of communication for you to get answers to your questions and updates on the status of your family’s claims.
  • We provide comprehensive support to assist your family with all the legal issues that arise following a loved one’s passing while working hard to help you move forward.
  • We have decades of experience and success in accident claims. Our firm will handle your family’s legal and insurance claims, vigorously pursuing the compensation and justice you deserve.
  • We offer a $0 consultation feeand handle wrongful death claims on a contingency basis, so your family has no upfront cost associated with getting the legal help you need.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

At Holth & Kollman, LLC, our firm represents families in Lyme who have lost loved ones due to the negligence or fault of other parties in cases involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability (defective products)
  • Premises liability (dangerous property)
  • Maritime accidents

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In many states, surviving family members of a deceased individual can pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation that they and their loved one have incurred because of another party’s negligence or fault. However, Connecticut only permits a decedent’s personal representative to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s surviving family.

The “personal representative” typically refers to the administrator or executor of a decedent’s estate. This person is usually identified in the decedent’s will. If the decedent died without a will, the court can appoint a personal representative to pursue the claim and wind up the decedent’s remaining financial and legal affairs.

Compensation Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In a wrongful death lawsuit, your family may have the right to recover compensation for financial and emotional losses resulting from your loved one’s passing, including for:

  • Final medical expenses incurred to treat your loved one’s last injury or illness
  • Conscious pain and suffering your loved one experienced before their death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of your loved one’s earning capacity
  • Loss of a deceased spouse’s society, affection, companionship, and moral support

Connecticut law allows juries in wrongful death lawsuits to double or triple a compensation award in wrongful death cases arising from motor vehicle accidents if the jury finds that the at-fault driver caused the accident by intentionally or recklessly violating specific traffic laws.

How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Under Connecticut’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims, you have two years after a loved one’s death to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for their passing. The statute of limitations does not apply to wrongful death claims arising from murder or first-degree manslaughter if the person responsible for the crime has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

By consulting a wrongful death lawyer from Holth & Kollman, LLC, as soon as possible after a loved one’s passing, you can protect your family’s rights to seek justice and financial recovery by giving yourself the best opportunity to file your claims on time. Otherwise, you may lose the opportunity to pursue accountability for your loved one’s death if you file your claim after the applicable deadlines expire.

How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help You Pursue Justice?

While your family focuses on grieving for your loved one and learning to move forward, let a wrongful death attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC, assist your family with holding those at fault for your loved one’s passing accountable by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s passing to recover evidence to build your family’s case
  • Identifying the party or parties at fault for your loved one’s death or liable for the loss they and your family have endured
  • Calculating the amount of compensation your family may deserve to recover in a personal injury case
  • Advising you of your family’s legal options and walking you through the wrongful death claims process
  • Filing your insurance and legal claims and handling communications and negotiations with insurance adjusters or defense lawyers to take the stress of the claims process off your shoulders
  • Keeping you updated on the progress of your case and providing tailored legal advice at each stage so you can make informed decisions

Contact a Connecticut Wrongful Death Attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC, Today

After your family has lost a loved one because of the negligence, recklessness, or fault of other parties, get the legal help you need to demand justice and financial recovery. Contact the team at Holth & Kollman, LLC, today for a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys at our New London office. We look forward to discussing your family’s options for pursuing accountability from those responsible for your loved one’s passing.