Aggressive Denver Wrongful Death Lawyers: Representing Surviving Family
No amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. But a death in the family does create tangible hardships for survivors. Wrongful death damages provide a measure of justice and help families recover from the economic impact and move forward.
FleschLaw has a proven track record of holding negligent parties in Adams County accountable for untimely deaths that could and should have been prevented. Our verdicts and settlements include cases of wrongful death in motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and commercial negligence. In settlement discussions, if the defendants and their insurers will not offer a fair settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit, our Denver litigation firm is always prepared to go to trial. We want to help you get the financial compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.
Wrongful Death Damages: Pursuing A Survival Action
We understand that you are grieving and overwhelmed. Once you hire our firm, you can count on our experienced personal injury attorneys to take care of everything. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will conduct the investigation. We will handle the legal filings and paperwork. We will deal with insurance companies on your behalf. We will coordinate with economists and other experts to quantify your losses. Our Denver wrongful death attorneys work closely with family members to build a case for damages, which may include:
- Medical expenses and medical costs including hospital bills incurred after the accident
- Funeral expenses and burial costs
- Loss of household contributions
- The person’s projected earnings
- Loss of benefits
In addition to quantifiable monetary compensation, the Colorado laws also allow survivors to recover noneconomic damages. For example, past verdicts and settlements have included damages for emotional distress, emotional pain and suffering of the deceased person prior to their death as well as your loss of companionship, loss of affection, love and consortium may be additional possible damages.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Denver?
In the state of Colorado, only certain family members can file a claim for wrongful death. There is also a priority order for who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The spouse is in line first. If there is no spouse, then the heirs of the decedent may file a claim. Lastly, if there is no spouse and no heirs, the parents may bring an action for wrongful death.
Punitive Damages In Wrongful Death Actions
In addition, punitive damages may be possible. Most wrongful death actions are founded in negligence and proving that the at-fault party violated a duty of care and their negligent actions resulted in death. However, punitive damages may be available if it can be shown that the responsible parties acted in a wanton and willful manner and with intentional action. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action, but there may be circumstances where criminal prosecution is likely as well. For example, the defendant may also be charged with vehicular homicide if the death was the result of a drunk driving accident.
Don’t Delay: There Are Filing Deadlines For Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In Colorado, there is a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death actions. This requires that a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the fatal accident. In some cases, such as negligence on the part of medical providers or government entities, the deadline may be much sooner. It is also important to act promptly to preserve evidence and speak to witnesses. We know that this is a difficult time, but in holding liable parties accountable, time is of the essence.
Free Evaluations, Aggressive Representation And Compassionate Service
A civil lawsuit can’t bring back your spouse or child or family member. But it does acknowledge the harm and helps to fill the economic void. If you think you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit, call us at 303-357-4724 or fill out our online contact form. We provide free, no-obligation consultations to explore your possible legal remedies. Flesch & Beck Law has offices in Denver and Englewood.