Wrongful Death Lawyer
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you lost a loved one in a preventable accident or due to medical negligence, you may have rights under Colorado wrongful death laws.
Tragedy often comes as a surprise and losing a loved one is never easy to bear. But when someone dies in a situation that could have been prevented or avoided, the loss can be especially difficult to understand. Life is precious, and that is why everyone in society must treat others with the care and caution they deserve.
Accidental deaths are needless tragedies, and they leave families blindsided.
In Colorado, a death caused by someone else’s careless or unlawful behavior is considered a wrongful death. These situations are unique because they leave family members in profound emotional shock while saddled with unexpected expenses.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident or through negligent medical care, understand your family’s rights, and the recourse that may be available under Colorado wrongful death law.
In the days and weeks ahead, you and your family will need to make important decisions that could affect your interests — and the interests of the estate and its beneficiaries — for years to come.
Understanding Colorado Wrongful Death law
Wrongful death cases differ from ordinary personal injury cases.
While these situations do involve elements of a conventional personal injury claim, understand there are also laws in Colorado that apply specifically to cases of wrongful death.
In Colorado, the surviving spouse, next of kin or personal representative may bring a wrongful death action on behalf of the deceased. The wrongful death claim is unique in that the victim, the one with first-hand knowledge of the event, cannot provide any insight into the accident. For many families, the only option for learning the facts about the death of their loved one is to pursue a lawsuit. Only though legal proceedings are answers provided by the responsible party.
Individual family members may recover compensation for economic losses they have suffered because of the death, besides non-economic damages such as the grief and sadness associated with losing someone you love. These financial considerations include both immediate and future expenses. It is important for you and your family to know your future is financially stable.
The estate itself may recover for the pain and suffering that the deceased person experienced between the injury and the time of death, and expenses that the estate bears directly such as burial and funeral costs.
Investigating a Wrongful Death Claim
The wrongful death claims process often involves an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. For some families, through this process they finally can learn the facts surrounding their loved one’s death and who was legally at fault for the loss.
A wrongful death can happen in many contexts: auto accidents, property injuries, ski accidents and other recreational injuries, medical malpractice, dog attacks, workplace injuries, defective products, and beyond. The nature of the accident will determine the appropriate investigative approach.
Help After a Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one in any accident and believe someone else’s negligence may have contributed to the death, we would like to help you understand your rights and options under the law.
Colorado’s laws on liability and recovery after a wrongful death are complex. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your options at every turn. We have extensive experience in helping families like yours navigate the difficult process of making legal decisions and insurance claims during a time of grief and sorrow. Our firm wants to stand by your side with the experienced shoulder of support you may need.
Chalat Law is a boutique law firm, meaning we can provide each client a great deal of individual time, attention, and care.
When you call our office, you will talk directly with a wrongful death lawyer in Denver. During business hours, our attorneys are available for immediate consultation when needed. Outside of business hours, we try to return your call or message quickly, often within a few hours (and always within the next business day).
Talk to an attorney who is ready to listen. Learn more about your rights related to an unfortunate wrongful death claim as well as your options, please contact our office and schedule a free case review.