Wrongful Death

At the Buckley, Wynne & Parese Law Offices, we have the knowledge and experience to assess your case, identify possible responsible parties and retain the experts necessary to establish your claim.

Wrongful Death Attorney in CT

At Buckley Wynne & Parese, we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult and often life changing. The situation can be more complex when a loved one dies as a result of a wrongful death. While these difficult times may make legal advice seem unnecessary, it is important that you contact Buckley Wynne & Parese immediately. Early investigation is necessary and there are time restrictions under Connecticut law.

What is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death can result from negligent and/or reckless act(s) of a person, group of people, company or organization. The action(s) can be either intentional or unintentional. Negligence occurs when a party fails to act in such a fashion that a reasonable, prudent party would have acted under normal circumstances. Recklessness occurs when a party disregards substantial and justifiable risk and that the risk is of the nature and degree that disregarding it constitutes a gross deviation from how a party would act under normal circumstances. A wrongful death action serves to provide justice to the victim’s loved ones and to provide financial compensation for their economic and noneconomic burdens.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

  • Car Accidents/ Truck Accidents/ Motorcycle Accidents/ Bicycle Accidents/ Pedestrian Accidents- Negligent Behaviors Include: Distracted Driving, Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving
  • Workplace/ Construction Site Accidents
  • Healthcare Provider/ Facility Medical Malpractice
  • Negligent Security- Deadly Assault, Manslaughter, Murder, Arson
  • Drowning Accident in an Unsecured Swimming Pool
  • Birth Injuries

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Connecticut?

There are different rights afforded to a victim’s family members. In some states, just being a surviving family member allows a loved one to file a wrongful death claim. Under Connecticut law, usually a surviving family member must also be the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate in order to file a lawsuit. Spouses, parents/ grandparents, and children/grandchildren can petition to be the estate’s executor or administrator.

Buckley Wynne & Parese Wants to Help

No one ever expects to face the sudden loss of a spouse, child or parent as a result of someone’s negligence or recklessness. Buckley Wynne & Parese understands through experience the shock and grief that a family goes through during this difficult time. For over one hundred years, our attorneys have been helping loved ones find answers, seek justice and get back on their feet after wrongful death tragedies.

Wrongful death cases are often contested, highly technical and vigorously defended. Disputed issues can include who was really at fault, contributory negligence, comparative fault, assumption of risk and issues related to causation. Buckley Wynne & Parese has the necessary knowledge and experience to guide loved ones through the process and maximize a loved one’s recovery.

While financial compensation will not heal the emotional wounds after a loved one’s death, it will help to ease the financial burden and provide justice. Below are some economic and noneconomic areas in which BWP can help families recover.

  • Medical Expenses Prior to the Decedent’s Death
  • Funeral & Burial Expenses
  • Loss of the Decedent’s Future Earnings, Financial Support/ Contributions
  • Loss of Love, Companionship, Guardianship, Affection, Guidance, Attention

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay legal fees out of my pocket?

No. Your legal fees are paid on a contingency fee basis unless otherwise specified. That means that we are not paid unless we recover compensation for you.


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Client Reviews of Our Wrongful Death Attorneys

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    Thank you so much for your hard work

    It was really great working with John Parese. He answered all my questions, made me feel comfortable, and helped me to understand the process. Each step of the way, he kept me posted and updated. His team is very respectful and thoughtful. I am definitely very satisfied with the outcome. Thank you so much for your hard work!

    - Mike A.

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    Highly recommend this firm!

    John Buckley handled my case and John Parese fought for me in court. These guys are honest and fair, 10/10 would recommend!

    - John P.

    The outcome was great

    The outcome was great

    Atty John Parese was amazing from beginning to end of our case. He and his teamed stayed on top of everything and kept us informed along the way. The outcome was great and I highly recommend BWP and I have sent family and friends to them since. Top notch.

    - Bethany and Kyle P.

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    Never have I ever come in contact with an attorney like John!

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    We recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

    John Parese represented my family in an automobile accident case. Not only did he impeccably represent them, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My parents and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Parese without reservation.

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