If someone is killed in an accident or in a criminal assault, family members, heirs and other beneficiaries may have the right to file a wrongful death action against the party who was responsible for the victim’s death.
Colorado allows two years after a death during which time surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages.
The lawyers at Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, help people who have lost relatives in deadly accidents in Fort Collins and elsewhere in Northern Colorado.
We believe they deserve to be represented by an attorney who is a true “Pathfinder for Injured People” and will seek to navigate their case toward the best possible outcome.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?
Under state law, the spouse and surviving children can file a wrongful death claim. If there is no spouse and no children, the parents have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
Other heirs may have the right to file a claim, based on what relatives meet the criteria under Colorado law. You can find out more by contacting our firm to discuss whether you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after losing a family member due to an act of negligence.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?
As with other types of personal injury cases, there are various types of damages that may be pursued. The value of the case may vary based upon the age of the person who died and the lost earning potential of that person.
Economic damages that can be pursued in a wrongful death action may include:
Medical treatment prior to death.
Funeral and burial expenses.
Lost income from estimated future earnings.
All financial burdens associated with the death.
Pain and suffering.
In some cases, punitive damages.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
There are a range of situations that may give rise to a wrongful death case. Ray & Heatherman Law represents families who are seeking justice after the unnecessary and preventable death of a loved one in situations such as:
Nursing Home Wrongful Death.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The process involved in filing a wrongful death lawsuit is very involved. There must be sufficient supporting evidence. One error many families make is to believe that they have plenty of time in which to file. Although there is a two-year limit under Colorado law, the issues surrounding the gathering and preserving of evidence are extremely important.
We act quickly to help our clients to protect their right to pursue compensation, and we urge you to connect with us as early as possible after your loved one has passed away so that no important evidence is lost or destroyed. The development of your case will require extensive legal work.
It can be difficult to consider legal problems after the sudden death of a loved one. The tragedy is often so devastating that families may not move forward as quickly as they should. We take this burden off your shoulders and manage all of the legal details so you can attend to your family while we help you to pursue justice.
Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Want to Help
The attorneys at Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, include a former Marine Corps prosecutor and a Marine Corps judge who are now fighting for the rights of accident victims in Fort Collins and across Northern Colorado.
They are ready to bring more than 35 years of combined legal experience to assist you with a claim for compensation if you have lost a close relative in an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Our firm will take the time to listen and understand what happened in your loved one’s accident. We will carefully explain the options available to you for seeking compensation. And, ultimately, we will take the steps needed to seek a maximum recovery in your case.
If you don’t recover a verdict or settlement, you will pay nothing for our legal services.
Contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation legal consultation about your case.