Can Anyone Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Connecticut, an executor or administrator of a deceased person’s estate can bring an action to recover compensation from the party legally at fault for the injuries resulting in death, to cover the cost of reasonably necessary medical, hospital, and nursing services as well as funeral expenses, including the cost of burial or cremation. In addition, the estate is entitled to compensation for pain and suffering of the deceased, loss of the enjoyment of life, and loss of the ability to earn money.

The defendant in a wrongful death claim does not have to be an individual. The liable party may also be the decedent’s employer, a corporation/business, or a governmental entity.