If you've suffered the loss of a close family member, we want to first express our deepest condolences. We certainly understand the difficulty you're facing, and want you to know that we're here to help in every way we can.
Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, but can be even more devastating when your spouse, child, sibling or grandchild lost their life due to negligence or a criminal act. If a death occurs that is the fault of another person or entity, surviving family members can file a wrongful death suit to compensate for their loss.
Under the Colorado Wrongful Death Act, survivors may file a claim or lawsuit within two years of the date of death. The purpose is to provide financial relief to the decedent's heirs and dependents. Areas of financial compensation in wrongful death suits include:
In Colorado's wrongful death law, non-economic damages like pain and suffering are capped but adjusted for inflation (...unless the death was caused by murder or manslaughter). For cases /incidents occurring after January 1, 2008, the cap is $468,010.
Colorado's Wrongful Death Act allows family members to recover damages "...to the extent a jury finds it fair and just in relation to the injury that resulted from the decedent's death"
Calculating damages in a wrongful death suit involves several different factors, and can be quite complex. Factors commonly considered include:
The legalities surrounding wrongful death suits can be difficult since the plaintiff must establish fault through evidence and testimony.
An attorney familiar with Colorado's wrongful death statutes, and extensive experience helping accident victims obtain compensation for their injury or loss, is critical to ensuring you build the strongest case possible.
Case areas where we represent families who've lost a loved one include:
If you've lost a loved one due to the fault of another person or entity, it's paramount you discuss the circumstances surrounding your case with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Waiting can put your case, and settlement, at risk.
To discuss your case, contact Denver-based wrongful death attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm for a free consultation today. We understand the grief you're going through –so we want to provide you with steady representation you can rely on in your time of need.