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How are criminal and civil wrongful death suits different?

Wrongful death cases are often more complicated than you might expect, and in fact, a wrongful death case can lead to a criminal trial as well as a civil trial. These cases may be about the same incident but still have separate proceedings that play out very differently, depending on the specifics of the case. On of the most famous examples of this playing out is in the case of O.J. Simpson and the his alleged involvement in the deaths of his ex-wife and her partner.

Family obtains permission to sue state agency for patient death

A wrongful death can occur just about anywhere, even a place where the person might go to protect themselves and others. The family of a former psychiatric patient recently received permission from Connecticut's Claims Commissioner to file a suit for $1 million against the agency that placed the patient in a facility where she unexpectedly passed away. The suit is also against the hospital that treated her before she transferred out of the state.

Family of student pilot mounts wrongful death suit

A wrongful death lawsuit surrounding the death of a student pilot who died in a horrific crash last year is just now coming to fruition. The flight school the student was attending at the time of the crash has now shut down its last remaining branch in Connecticut as the owner prepares for what may be a complicated and lengthy legal process.

Hartford supreme court to hear wrongful death case

Tragically, many people lose their lives in accidents each year. Sometimes, however, the law is not clear about who is truly responsible for a wrongful death, and the court must examine the details of the matter. Just such a case that is both heartbreaking and fascinating is currently unfolding right here in the Hartford Superior Court. Jury selection has begun for the trial, which may set very important legal precedent.

Does wrongful death dissolve physician-patient privilege?

A wrongful death suit can force you confront some complicated issues you may have never considered. When it comes to seeking justice for the untimely death of a loved one, you may find that you have to fight some surprising battles — including the wishes or negligence of the one you've lost. Under physician-patient privilege, individuals have the right to maintain medical privacy, which can make proving a wrongful death quite difficult. But, does physician-patient privilege always present an impenetrable barrier when seeking this kind of justice?

What are pecuniary damages in a wrongful death suit?

Wrongful death suits are always some of the most personally painful for plaintiffs, because no matter what happens, someone they love dearly has been lost forever. However, if you believe your loved one died because of the actions or negligence of another person, the law provides a path through which you can pursue justice.

What is physician-patient privilege?

Wrongful death suits require careful planning, research and diligence in order to be successful. When a wrongful death suit is being constructed, physician-patient privilege is one of the most common areas of difficulty for the family and loved ones who are pursuing justice on behalf of someone they have lost. if you are working to build a wrongful death case that involves a physician, understanding the nature and limitations of physician-patient privilege is essential.

What are noneconomic damages?

Personal injury claims are not all created equal, even when very similar injuries are suffered. The state in which the claim is filed can play an enormous part in how justice is sought, and dictate exactly what kinds of damages a person can seek when they have been injured. Connecticut is great state in many ways, among them being that the state allows for personal injury plaintiffs to seek pain and suffering damages, also known as noneconomic damages.

Man killed in interstate accident

It goes without saying that roadways are dangerous place to be, even inside a vehicle. Each year, there are thousands upon thousands of people in injured and killed while riding inside of vehicles on roads and interstates throughout the country. For those who are outside of a vehicle on a road or interstate, tragedy can strike in an instant, even when something occurs that would have otherwise not have been deadly. This heartbreaking reality was illustrated several days ago when a man was killed in relation to a relatively minor car accident in Hartford.

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