In Connecticut, under the Connecticut Wrongful Death Statute you have two years from the date of death to bring a wronful death case, but no action can be brought greater than five years from the date of the act or ommission complained up.
This means that there are two parts to the time limits rule. Both parts must be satisfied.
Under the first part, the case must be filed no later than two years from the date of death.
Under the second part, the case must be filed no later than five years from the act or omission complained of. This part is called a statute of repose.
In some uncommon situations a death might occur, but the fact that the death occurred due to the defendant's negligence might not yet be clear even with reasonable diligence. In those situtations, you might no find out that you have a wrongful death claim until after two years from the date of death passed. These types of cases must be brought no later than five years from date of the negligent act or omission.
If you or anyone you know has questions about the Connecticut Wrongful Death Statute or the time period within which you have to bring a claim, contact the lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.