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Are Parents Entitled to a Legal Settlement If Their Child Was Killed in an Accident?

By Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney on April 18, 2017

No parent EVER wants to deal with the death of a child. But if your child is killed in an accident, there are financial burdens associated with the death.

Hospital care and medical bills can be exorbitant, and after a child passes away there are funeral expenses—and potential legal expenses as you seek to determine fault. Though the thought of financial reimbursement may make you feel uncomfortable, the impact of a child’s death on a family can cause undue hardship. Don’t ever be afraid to seek out justice for your loved ones.

The Costs of Death

If your child was killed in a car accident, liability car insurance payouts can be minimal. Connecticut vehicle owners are required to have a minimum of $40,000 total for bodily injury. Considering that the average hospital daily stay in Connecticut costs over $3,300; that small total can be quickly eaten up in costs. There isn’t even additional liability insurance in the event of death. This leaves the family of a child to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Did you know that Connecticut has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country? This is due to the highly congested traffic of the region, which results in more car accidents per area than in any other spot in the U.S. However, the good news is that drivers in Connecticut are more likely to have better liability protection than drivers in other states. Premium-quality vehicles are more common due to the higher incomes in the state, and higher incomes lead to being able to afford better coverage.

Never be worried about pursuing a claim—insurance exists for these eventualities. However, legal settlements can go beyond insurance to tap into other assets.

Accidents Can Happen Anywhere

Your child may have been killed in an accident at a school, park, or other public space. You may be confused as to whether there is liability insurance for these locations, and what your rights are as a parent. It’s certainly worth pursuing a legal opinion to see if there is any recourse for you.

We are deeply sorry for your loss. But if you live in Connecticut and require more information, Naizby Law will be able to assist you in determining if someone else was at fault for your child’s wrongful death. We can then determine a reasonable settlement with the party at fault. Please give us a call today at (203) 245-8500 to set up an appointment.

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