Wrongful Death Attorney Chester, CT

Have you recently lost a loved one because of something someone else did? If so, you could be entitled to pursue claims against that person to hold them financially accountable for the harm they’ve caused you and your family. Let Holth & Kollman, LLC, handle this complicated legal process on your behalf so that you can focus on what’s important during this difficult time.

We are a wrongful death law firm serving Chester, Connecticut, and we want to stand up and demand the justice and compensation you and your family deserve. Contact us today for a free initial case evaluation to discuss how our firm can assist with your fatal accident compensation claim.

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

Grieving and healing after the death of a loved one can take an emotional toll on your family. Obtaining experienced legal support can help your family recover after your loved one dies due to the negligence or fault of another party. For decades, families across Connecticut have turned to a wrongful death attorney from Holth & Kollman, LLC, for help after their loved ones have suffered fatal injuries because:

  • Our firm has over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of injury victims and their loved ones. We know the difficulties that families have when faced with a loved one’s untimely death, and we strive to offer the support you need during this challenging time.
  • Our legal knowledge and insight allow us to craft case strategies and legal solutions tailored to pursuing the best possible results in each case we take.
  • We treat everyone who comes through our doors with the compassion and respect they need and deserve. Our legal team provides honest legal advice to help you make informed decisions at each stage of your case.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

Under Connecticut law, a wrongful death claim arises when a person’s death occurs due to the legal fault of another party. Wrongful death claims frequently arise under many of the same circumstances that lead to personal injury claims. At Holth & Kollman, LLC, our legal team represents families who have lost loved ones due to:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dangerous/defective product accidents (product liability)
  • Dangerous property accidents (premises liability)
  • Maritime accidents

Wrongful death claims do not require the party at fault for the decedent’s passing to have caused the decedent’s death through a criminal act. Instead, a party may bear liability in a wrongful death claim if they caused a person’s death through ordinary negligence or recklessness. That said, a family may have a wrongful death claim against a person who intentionally causes a loved one’s death through a criminal act.

Unlike criminal cases where the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, a wrongful death lawsuit requires a family to prove that the defendant more likely than not caused their loved one’s death. When a wrongful death occurs due to a criminal act, a family can pursue a wrongful death claim while the government prosecutes the at-fault party for their crime.

Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death

In a wrongful death case, a decedent’s estate and their surviving family members can recover compensation for economic and personal losses. Although no amount of money can bring a deceased loved one back, seeking financial compensation may allow your family to obtain some measure of justice. Compensation in a negligence death lawsuit can include money for:

  • Lost wages/income between the decedent’s injury and death
  • Loss of the decedent’s earning capacity and financial contributions to their family
  • Final medical expenses incurred to treat the decedent’s last injury or illness
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Conscious pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before their death
  • Loss of the decedent’s ability to enjoy life’s activities
  • Loss of consortium, or the loss of the decedent’s society, support, companionship, and intimacy they would have provided their spouse

In wrongful death cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, Connecticut law allows an executor or administrator pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit to double or triple an award issued by a jury or a judge sitting as the factfinder. A jury or judge can double wrongful death compensation if they find that the driver at fault for the motor vehicle accident intentionally or recklessly disregarded specific traffic laws and their deliberate or reckless actions constituted a “substantial factor” in causing the accident and the decedent’s death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Connecticut, only the executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death claim, in contrast to other states that allow specific family members to pursue a wrongful death case. The executor or administrator can pursue the wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s surviving family members for their losses and the losses incurred by the decedent or the decedent’s estate.

In most cases, a decedent who wrote a will nominates a close family member to serve as the executor of their estate. If a decedent did not leave a will, the court will likely appoint a family member to serve as the administrator of the estate.

How Long Do You Have to File a Fatal Accident Compensation Claim in Chester, Connecticut?

Under Connecticut’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims, your family typically has two years to pursue a lawsuit against those responsible for your loved one’s death. However, you may have longer to file a claim if it takes you longer to discover the cause of your loved one’s passing and the facts forming the basis of your wrongful death case, although you must file a wrongful death lawsuit within five years of the act(s) leading to your loved one’s death.

In addition, the statute of limitations does not apply if actions leading to your loved one’s death result in the party at fault for their death being convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental defect for a specific crime, such as:

  • Murder
  • Felony murder
  • Arson murder
  • First-degree manslaughter

You can best protect your family’s rights by speaking with a wrongful death lawyer serving Chester, Connecticut.

How Can a Fatal Accident Lawyer in Connecticut Help You?

The grief of losing a loved one can make it challenging to heal and move forward. If your loved one’s death occurred due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of another party, you should not have to bear the financial consequences of your loved one’s death. An estate claims attorney in Connecticut can support your family through this challenging period by pursuing the compensation and justice you deserve for your loved one’s passing.

While you focus on healing, let us handle the details of your case, including:

  • Investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s death to obtain evidence for your family’s claims
  • Identifying those at fault and evaluating your legal options for financial recovery
  • Gathering records to document your loved one’s and your family’s losses
  • Filing your claims and handling communications/negotiations with opposing parties, insurance adjusters, or defense attorneys
  • Vigorously pursuing maximum compensation for you, whether through a settlement or by taking your claims to court and trial

Contact Our Wrongful Death Law Firm Serving Chester, Connecticut

If your family has lost a loved one due to the wrongful acts or fault of another party, you deserve to seek justice and financial recovery for your loss. Contact Holth & Kollman, LLC, today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney representing clients in Chester, Connecticut. We will discuss your family’s legal options and explain how we can pursue them on your behalf.