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Calculating Compensable Damages In A Wrongful Death Case

When a family member or a loved one is killed due to the negligence of someone else, it is a highly traumatic experience. A wrongful death usually results in massive losses both financial and emotional incurred by the surviving spouse and children of the individual. Such economic losses felt from a wrongful death are oftentimes complex in nature and necessitate an accounting expert to evaluate the situations to the fullest extent and provide a basis for a compensatory amount for the damages incurred. The surviving family of the deceased is usually impacted to the point that economic hardship is merely the start of the consequences.

In calculating these damages through an expert the goal is to demonstrate to the court how much hardship the family has faced based on the losses incurred by the spouse and children or any other dependents. When the deceased is the primary bread winner, the injured party needs compensation in order to become whole. Recovering from such a tragedy is never an easy process and the burden of needing to find a job or adding to the wages of the household is paramount. An accounting expert has the ability to determine the amount by calculating all factors. Their primary task is to go through valuations of economic losses and how awarding damages to the surviving family of the deceased can provide much needed recovery. But in order for damages to be awarded, the defendant has to be found liable in their actions which caused the wrongful death of the individual.

Wrongful death cases often entail complex matters that need to be thoroughly investigated so that more information may be gathered to sift through any confusion. The accounting expert needs to include various factors connected to the incident in their calculation and how much the deceased person earned for his family. Therefore the testimony of the accounting expert witness is very important in the courtroom once they have reached a conclusion in their calculation of the amount of damages. There are also situations where another person intentionally caused the death of the deceased but they are not held criminally liable for their action. In such a situation the avenue of civil litigation may be taken to ensure that compensation is available for their loss. The loss of a loved one typically causes issues for a family, however certain parameters need inclusion for court processes which may involve loss of income, extra expenses, payroll issues, material issues and supplies.

Any services that the deceased performed at his or her home are no longer performed. Accounting experts usually require several factors to be included in their calculations. Lost income is often the most important element and may increase the amount significantly. However, other services the deceased may have performed for the family such as keeping the finances and increasing the value of an estate thereby ensuring economic freedom and support. The expert can calculate these amounts and explain to the court why the individual or company liable for the wrongful death needs to compensate the family for the full amount of damages calculated.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you should retain the services of a competent wrongful death attorney to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.


Tim O’Keefe Retained in Windham Shooting Case

Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe has been retained by the family of a Windham, Connecticut teenager who suffered a gunshot wound at a private residence in Windham in November 2015.  “The Connecticut State Police have done a very thorough job investigating this incident.  The family appreciates that very much. This boy has suffered a devastating injury as a result of this gunshot to his head.  We are hopeful that we will be able to recover full compensation for his injuries.”  Tim O’Keefe

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$250,000.00 Attachment Ordered in Meriden Child Sex Abuse Case

On March 14, 2016, after a contested hearing at Meriden Superior Court, Judge John Cronan issued an attachment order against the defendant in the amount of $250,000.00 in the case of Doe v. Norbert.  The child sex abuse case was filed against former Boy Scout Leader Mark Norbert, formerly of South Meriden, Connecticut.

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Connecticut Law Tribune Reports on Assault and Battery Verdict

You can read about our recent assault and battery verdict here:  For a Free Consultation with a Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer, please contact us directly.


Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Stafford Man

Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe has filed a lawsuit against a man who was recently found guilty by a Rockville, Connecticut jury of sexually assaulting his niece over a period of years.  You can read more about the case here:  http://www.journalinquirer.com/crime_and_courts/niece-sues-stafford-man-over-years-of-sexual-assaults/article_62330bfc-c5dd-11e5-b348-1f75350deb16.html

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Lawsuit Filed in Bar Shooting Case

Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe has announced the filing of a negligent security lawsuit on behalf of a man who was shot at a bar in Meriden, Connecticut.  “According to the information that we have obtained, the assailants in this case were all underage and should not have been in the bar in the first place.  Our client was shot twice and was hospitalized for a significant period of time.  This resulted in a significant financial hardship to him and his family.”  Tim O’Keefe

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$140,000.00 Verdict For Plaintiff in Groton Assault Case

Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe has obtained a $140,000.00 verdict for a Groton, Connecticut man who was brutally assaulted by his neighbor.  The case, Lozada v. Perry, was filed in New London Superior Court and tried before Judge Trial Referee Robert Leuba.  “This was a horrible assault that resulted in a long hospitalization for our client.  He still has medical bills for his medical treatment.  We were able to demonstrate at trial that the defendant and his witnesses lacked credibility and the court agreed with our position.” Tim O’Keefe.

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Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Former Boy Scout Leader

Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Connecticut man who was sexually abused when he was 13 and 14 years old by a former boy scout leader from Vernon, Connecticut.  The lawsuit, Doe v. Martin, was filed in Rockville Superior Court and seeks damages for the significant harm perpetrated by the defendant.  “This man has suffered greatly throughout his lifetime as a result of the defendant taking complete advantage of him when he was a child.  The defendant was prosecuted for these crimes, but was given an extremely light sentence by the court as part of a plea agreement.  We hope to obtain some financial resources for our client so he can get the mental health therapy that he needs to continue with his healing and recovery.”  Tim O’Keefe

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Maintenance Man Charged with Sex Assault

Read the Hartford Courant report of the arrest of a man who was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two Alzheimer’s patients at a local facility: http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-farmington-sex-assault-1104-20151103-story.html

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Child Exploitation is a Crime

Read about a recent arrest of a Middletown, Connecticut man on child exploitation charges here:  http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-middletown-child-exploitation-arrest-1016-2-20151015-story.html

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