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Many thoughts may be running through your head after the unexpected death of a loved one. It seems unfair when a person dies, especially due to someone else’s negligence. Among these may be questions about how you will pay for burial expenses and any outstanding medical bills. You may also wonder how your family will cope financially after your loss. What if you lost the main breadwinner, and the life insurance policy payout just isn’t enough? While you are still devastated at the news of the loved one’s death, it is reasonable to want to pursue justice, recover compensation and take legal action.

Are you the deceased’s surviving spouse? While a wrongful death claim may not help you grieve, talking to a personal injury attorney about filing one may help provide financial stability during a time of uncertainty. Grieving families shouldn’t have to navigate these legal issues alone. A Colorado Springs wrongful death lawyer could walk you through this challenging process and explain all the necessary steps for pursuing compensation from the party responsible for your family member’s death. Schedule a free consultation with the Spring Law Group.

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Under Colorado Law, wrongful death occurs when it would not have happened if not for another party’s reckless or violent actions. More specifically, Colorado Revised Statutes §13-21-201 establishes that a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased person is appropriate when the facts of the case infer a valid personal injury claim had the victim survived the incident.

As a result, a case may follow from many common personal injury incidents, including:

What seems like a viable personal injury claim for a catastrophic injury due to another person’s negligence could turn out to be a fatal accident claim, all because of a negligent driver. A Colorado Springs wrongful death lawyer could review a case to determine whether a family member or other personal representative has the grounds to file a valid lawsuit on a deceased person’s behalf. Put your wrongful death case in the right hands.

Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Choosing an eligible plaintiff is one key aspect in which a wrongful death action differs from a traditional personal injury case. CO. Rev. Stat. §13-21-201 provides a list of who may serve as a plaintiff and when these representatives may file a claim against the responsible party for financial compensation. Only certain family members can bring the claim. Only the surviving spouse can file a claim within the first year following an unexpected death. The surviving children or parent has priority to serve in this role if there is no surviving spouse or a year has passed. Regardless of who brings the case to court, the purpose of wrongful death lawsuits is to provide compensation to the victim’s estate. A Colorado Springs lawyer with experience in wrongful death claims and knowledge of Colorado Wrongful death law could help families choose an appropriate plaintiff, determine their legal options to represent the estate in court, and navigate this family member through the legal process.

Recoverable Damages In Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death attorneys note that another distinguishing factor in these claims is the types of damages that a plaintiff can pursue when they file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased person’s estate.

Economic Damages

First, an estate can collect economic damages, which are the financial losses incurred by the family because of the death, including the following:

If the decedent held a job and used their income to support their family, the claimant also can demand future lost wages. Between expenses and lost wages, there is no limit on the amount of economic damages that can be claimed in wrongful death cases.

Non-economic Damages

Wrongful death lawyers will tell you that the other category of damages is non-economic losses. They will also say that it is not as easy to prove as funeral costs.

Non-economic damages typically include the following:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Parental guidance
  • Consortium
  • General grief

According to CO Rev. Stat. §13-21-203, there is a maximum limit of non-economic damages that a jury may award in this type of claim. A wrongful death lawyer in Colorado Springs could help to measure a family’s losses to demand appropriate payments.

Punitive Damages

If the circumstances of your loved one’s death were particularly egregious, or her death could have been prevented, but for wrongful action that fell far below the required standard of care, ask your Colorado Springs wrongful death lawyer about punitive damages. Some fatal accidents can qualify for such a payout.

What a Colorado Springs Wrongful Death Attorney Could Do to Help

The time following an unexpected death can be uniquely challenging, and the pressure for surviving family members to take account of their finances after a devastating loss can be overwhelming. If you’re in Colorado, wrongful death claims shouldn’t be taken lightly. A Colorado Springs, CO wrongful death lawyer could help you handle the emotional and complex legal undertakings while you and your loved ones focus on grieving. Call whenever you are ready to schedule a free consultation on your case

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