Wrongful Death

Acting With Compassion, Care And Urgency

The sudden loss of a loved one can be emotionally and financially trying. If your loved one has perished due to the negligence of someone else, the representative of his or her estate may have the right to bring a claim against the responsible party. The experienced attorneys at Moriarty, Paetzold & Sherwood Attorneys at Law can assist grieving families with these claims.

Who Can File The Lawsuit?

The answer to this question varies depending on different scenarios. Family composition, relationships and the presence of an established estate are all factors. In Connecticut, laws specify that a wrongful death claim must be filed by the executor or administrator of the victim's estate.

If no estate is in place, and an executor has not been named, the following may be considered:

  • Spouse: If the victim was married, and the spouse is legally competent, they usually hold the right to file a wrongful death claim. If the couple was in the midst of a divorce, or had been previously separated for a long period of time, the spouse may not have the right to file.
  • Children: If there is no spouse, or the spouse does not have the right to pursue a claim, the children of the victim are the next in line to file a claim. In the case of minor children, a court appointed guardian will assist in making the claim.
  • Parents: If the victim is a minor, or unmarried with no children, then the right to file a claim goes to the parents of the victim.
  • Other Appointed Administrator: Other persons may apply to be an administrator of the victim's estate. The court will appoint the most qualified individual after considering the relationship to the victim and the abilities of all applicants.

Helping Families Seek Compensation

The lawyers at Moriarty, Paetzold & Sherwood know that the loss of a loved one is an emotional time, and that seeking compensation may not be the first thing on your mind. We are here to represent you, your family, and the legacy of your loved one. We want to ensure that justice is served. Claims must be filed within two years from the date of death, and in some cases the suit may need to be filed earlier. Don't wait, call us at 860-266-7720 today or email us to set up a free consultation.

We represent individuals and families in wrongful death cases throughout Glastonbury, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.