The heavy materials, machinery, and dangerous equipment at construction sites can leave workers susceptive to dangerous and even fatal accidents. These accidents are devastating to the loved ones left behind—emotionally, as well as financially. Medical bills, funeral costs, and lost income can add up to the hundreds of thousands, and even millions, of dollars.
Anyone in Shelton who has lost a loved one in a fatal construction site accident should seek compassionate legal help. Our dedicated attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna can investigate the accident to determine liability, argue a wrongful death case in court, or negotiate for a payout with the involved insurance companies.
Connecticut General Statutes § 52-555 allows surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit when their loved one is killed due to someone else’s negligence. A deadly construction site accident caused by an employer’s or co-worker’s negligence would be covered by this statute.
C.G.S. § 52-572h allows surviving family members to recover damages for loss of consortium – companionship and love – if their loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence. A Shelton attorney can help families calculate and pursue the damages they are owed after a fatal construction accident.
Proving liability is essential to obtaining damages in a wrongful death case. Proving liability often involves investigating a case – doing things such as reviewing photo and video evidence, consulting the police report and witness statements, conducting new interviews, speaking with experts, examining medical records, researching applicable laws, and the like.
In a construction accident case, different parties might be at fault. Construction companies, contractors, site owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, and even government entities may all be liable for a fatal injury. Workers and their supervisors could also be at fault for safety procedure violations. A meticulous investigation is crucial to identify the specific contributions of each party involved, and a Shelton attorney can assess evidence and pursue fair compensation for the victim’s family after a fatal accident.
Many construction accident cases settle out of court, through negotiations with the involved insurance companies. This does not mean that a lawyer is not necessary, though. Insurance companies are prone to trapping plaintiffs into making statements against their interest, as well as making lowball settlement offers, which harried plaintiffs often accept, wanting to get things done and over with. This means taking much less than they are owed for the loss of their loved one.
A tenacious Shelton lawyer can handle negotiations on behalf of grieving family members, seeking out a fair settlement and taking a case to court if needed.
After losing a loved one in a fatal work accident, you have enough on your plate. Let a dedicated legal team handle your case for you.
Our attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna are here to provide the tailored guidance you need for your Shelton fatal construction site accident claim. Contact us today to learn more about what we could do for you.