Denver Wrongful Death Attorneys
Risk can be an ever-present facet of life. This fact does not, however, negate responsibility for our actions, especially reckless or careless actions that harm others. Whenever negligence and recklessness cause deadly injuries, surviving loved ones may have legal options for:
• Holding the negligent party liable and seeking justice
• Pursuing financial recovery for their profound losses.
The trusted wrongful death lawyers at Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group are here to help Colorado families who have suffered devastating losses due to negligence.
We are devoted, relentless advocates for our clients, fighting to help them get the justice and compensation they deserve. We pursue wrongful death claims throughout Colorado, representing families in state and federal courts.
While we recognize that money can never bring back loved ones lost as a result of a wrongful death, we also have first-hand knowledge of how the recoveries from these cases can help families pick up the pieces and focus on healing.
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What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is legal terminology describing any loss of life caused by the misconduct or negligence of another party. While wrongful deaths can arise from various forms of negligence, some common examples include negligent:
• Motorists who cause fatal motor vehicle accidents
• Building or property owners whose failures to maintain safe premises contribute to deadly accidents
• Pharmaceutical companies that make, market and/or distribute drugs linked to life-threatening complications
• Product manufacturers that make, market and/or distributed defective products that can cause fatal accidents.
While wrongful death cases are civil cases, the act that caused the death may also give rise to criminal charges against the negligent party. When that occurs, the criminal case will proceed independent from the civil case. However, any evidence associated with the criminal case – as well as any conviction handed down in that case – can be used to bolster a civil wrongful death case.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Action?
The Colorado Wrongful Death Law empowers surviving spouses, children and parents to file wrongful death actions.1 According to this law:
• A surviving spouse is the only party who can file a wrongful death claim within one year of the death.
• A surviving spouse and children can file a wrongful death claim in year two following the death.
• If no spouse or children survive the decedent, the decedent’s parents can file a wrongful death claim.
Complementing wrongful death claims are survival actions, which may be filed by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. Survival actions can be filed in addition to (or instead of) wrongful death cases.
How Are Wrongful Death Damages Calculated? How Much is a Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
The compensation available for a wrongful death case will vary, depending on the facts and circumstances of a given claim. While an attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. can answer this more precisely, in general, success wrongful death cases can result in damages for (and not necessarily exclusive to):
• Past medical bills associated with providing the decedent life-saving care
• Funeral costs and burial expenses
• Future lost earnings and benefits (that would have been earned or available had the death not occurred)
• Loss of consortium.
In cases that involve a history of negligence or especially horrific instances of negligence, punitive damages may also be available.
How Do I File a Wrongful Death Case?
The nature of the incident that caused the death can impact how to file and initiate a wrongful death claim. Given this – as well as the filing deadlines and potential complexities of these claims, the single best way to get a wrongful death case started in Colorado is to contact the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C.
Our fierce, experienced lawyers are exceptionally effective at helping clients take the rights steps towards justice and financial recovery. As we work hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients, they can also count on us for compassion, support and client-centered service.
At the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., we are dedicated to more than just successful resolutions. We are also committed to preventing future negligence-related deaths by ensuring that those who behave irresponsibly are held accountable for their actions.
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If you have lost a child, spouse or parent to a wrongful death, it’s time to contact a trusted Denver personal injury lawyer at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C.
Call (720) 463-1516 or email our firm for a free, no obligations case review and critical answers regarding a potential claim. We work on contingency – so you will not owe us any legal fees if there is no recovery in your case.
For nearly 40 years, the Denver attorneys at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. have been fighting for the victims of negligence, helping individuals and families who are dealing with serious injuries, unimaginable emotional pain and financial devastation seek justice and recovery.
Our record of effective advocacy and success in wrongful death and personal injury cases has earned us a stellar reputation and outstanding testimonials from previous clients.
1: Complete text of the Colorado Wrongful Death Law