Being a wrongful death attorney may be difficult, but it’s nowhere near as difficult as suddenly losing a loved one to a tragic accident or DUI crash.
When someone dies from the negligence of another, there is really nothing that can make things right. But in an effort to at least compensate victims’ families for their loss, Colorado has enacted law that allows a person’s family to recover financial losses for the death of their loved one.
Wrongful death claims are a way to ensure that those who have lost a family member are not put into dire financial straits as a result of their loss and that they are at least partially compensated. Your Denver Personal Injury Attorney is here to walk you through the in’s and out’s of a wrongful death claim and make sure that you do not suffer any more than you already have.
Colorado wrongful death claims can be filed by close family members of someone who is killed by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or corporation or both. This can include situations involving auto accidents, faulty operation of a locomotive train, construction accidents, nursing home abuse or neglect, commercial trucking accidents. The list is endless.
The purpose of a Colorado wrongful death suit is to (1) make the responsible party pay for his role in the loss of the victim, and (2) try to compensate the grieving family who was left behind. Wrongful death damages often include damages for grief, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional stress in addition to other economic damages such as funeral costs, hospital bills before death, etc.
Placing a value on a human life is challenging in any situation and it is difficult to determine exactly how much compensation is appropriate in a wrongful death case. Colorado courts consider several factors when valuing a wrongful death claim, starting with the relationship between the deceased and the person bringing the claim.
Another economic damage that Colorado courts assess is the amount that the deceased victim would have provided to the family member bringing the claim. A father who is the primary breadwinner in the house, has a good-paying job, and has many work-life years ahead of him is a perfect example of a life-altering economic loss.
Because proving wrongful death claims and determining damages can be a complex question, it is important to have a Denver personal injury lawyer help you with your wrongful death case.
Denver wrongful death claims are complex, not only because it’s the surviving family member’s burden to prove his or her case, but because so much is at stake. Rest assured, even in cases dealing with the death of a loved one, insurance companies will try to low-ball you into accepting an offer that nowhere near reflects your loss. Whether you settle or take your fight to the courts, you need someone in your corner fighting for your and your family. You need wrongful death attorney Jeffry Dougan by your side. Losing a loved one is hard enough; you shouldn’t have to fight the insurance company alone.
Call Attorney Jeffry Dougan today at 303-704-1222 or e-mail him to set up your FREE case evaluation. We’ll go the distance – together.
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