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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Connecticut?

Wrongful death claims are a way for negligent parties to be held accountable, and for the people affected by their negligence to receive compensation for their losses. Although many different people can be impacted by a death, only certain people can file wrongful death claims and can recover the damages provided by that claim. In Connecticut, the people who can file a claim and the people who can recover compensation may be two different people.

Every state has different laws that govern who can file a wrongful death claim. In some states, the people who can receive compensation through a claim (generally the immediate family of the deceased person) are the only people who can file a wrongful death claim. The laws in Connecticut differ from many other states — wrongful death claims can only be filed by the administrator of the victim’s will, and compensation is provided to their estate.

An administrator is a person who is named in a will as the party responsible for taking care of the testator’s final affairs. The will administrator may be responsible for filing the testator’s will, paying remaining bills, and distributing assets, and is also responsible for filing a wrongful death claim if the testator dies due to another person’s negligence.

What if There is No Will, or if the Administrator is Unable to File a Claim?

In some wrongful death cases, the victim has died without a will. Without an appointed administrator, one will be chosen to complete the claim. If the deceased person did have a will but the administrator of the will is unable to file a claim, an administrator will need to be appointed by a court for the purpose of resolving the claim. The court may appoint an attorney, family member, or another party to complete a wrongful death claim.

Who Receives the Damages From a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims provide compensation to the people whose lives have been most significantly impacted by the loss of the victim. In Connecticut, the damages recovered through a wrongful death claim are distributed through the deceased person’s estate. Damages may be used to pay for remaining medical bills and funeral expenses, or will be distributed to the victim’s family.

The lawyers of Zayas Law Firm can help you with the legal processes involved in filing a wrongful death claim. We are available to answer your questions.

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