When someone you love dies due to the fault of another person or company (like a product manufacturer or a medical institution), you or your family members may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for the surviving family members’ loss, such as lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and funeral expenses.
Wrongful death suits are meant to hold the negligent party liable for the loss of a life, which could have been prevented. According to the CDC, unintentional deaths (such as those from accidents) are the fourth leading cause of deaths in the U.S. While the primary cause of wrongful death among those under the age of 35 is car accidents, medical malpractice is the next highest cause, particularly among older individuals. Rounding out the top ten causes of wrongful death in the United States are:
- Accidents in the workplace;
- Industrial accidents;
- Swimming accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Train accidents;
- Exposure to asbestos, and
- Manufacturing defects.
While no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, an experienced wrongful death attorney can seek compensation for grieving families, providing financial stability after a wrongful death.
Wrongful Death in Colorado
In the State of Colorado, surviving family members are allowed to bring a lawsuit against a negligent party for wrongful death. However, you only have 2 years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado.
Colorado wrongful death laws allow for surviving spouses, children, and family members to obtain monetary damages for:
- Loss of potential earnings through your loved one’s lifetime
- Loss of support
- Loss of benefits, such as insurance
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and affection
- Loss of inheritance
- Funeral expenses
- Punitive damages
- And more
Unfortunately, without a lawyer on your side, companies and their insurance companies will attempt to offer you a settlement that is usually far below what you and your family will need to pick up the pieces of your life again. They usually do not take into consideration all expenses, lost wages, and other non-monetary compensation. Their goal is to get you to sign this settlement quickly, so they can reduce their own liabilities. To do this, they will often use a take it or leave it approach to scare and pressure grieving family members into signing the settlement. Do not sign anything without first speaking to one of our experienced and skilled Denver wrongful death attorneys.
Contact Our Denver Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Paysinger law, we believe in holding negligent and irresponsible parties accountable for their mistakes and for the pain and harm they have caused others. We fight aggressively so that you can focus your energy on your family and on putting your life back together after the tragic loss of a loved one. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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