Loveland Wrongful Death Attorneys
Compassionate, Experienced & Focused Representation
Did you lose a loved one because a third party was not being careful enough while driving, working, etc.? Are you torn with grief and frustration? One of the best ways to find a way to alleviate your anger and sorrow is to take legal action against the party that so negligently caused your loved one’s death.
Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. and our Loveland wrongful death lawyers would be honored to help you explore your legal rights that may include filing a wrongful death claim. We bring more than 30 years of legal experience to each case we take, so you can be confident in our ability to move your case forward while you focus on yourself and your family.
Wrongful Death FAQs
What is a Wrongful Death?
In legal definitions, wrongful death is a death caused by the negligent actions of a third party. A negligent action or behavior is one that another reasonable person would not have done if they were in the same situation. For example, drinking alcohol and then driving is extremely negligent and a common cause of wrongful deaths across the country. If your loved one passed away due to someone else’s negligence, then you likely have a wrongful death case on your hands. Let us help you understand what to do with it.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Colorado allows the spouse or children of someone who has suffered a wrongful death to file a claim. The statute of limitations to file the claim is two years from the date the deceased passed away, which might not be the same day that they were fatally injured or first diagnosed with a chronic illness. If the deceased has no spouse or children, then their parents can file the claim. If there are no eligible spouses, children, or parents, then the administrator of the deceased’s estate can file a survival action to benefit the estate and its beneficiaries.
What Damages are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
While a wrongful death claim can help you find closure and a sense of justice, its underlying and legal purpose is to get you and your family financial benefits, paid for by the liable party and their insurers. Money cannot replace a lost loved one, but it can make your life easier, which allows you to focus on grieving.
Some of the damages that you might be able to collect include:
- Medical bills related to the deceased’s final treatments
- Income the deceased would have earned in life
- Employment benefits they would have continued to earn
- Inheritance that will not be accrued anymore
- Loss of companionship and guidance experienced by family members
- Burial and funeral costs
- Reasonable value of daily care provided by the deceased to the claimants
Punitive damages might also become available in your wrongful death claim. A court can assign punitive damages to punish the defendant for egregious wrongdoing. For example, punitive damages are rare, but they are most commonly used in cases involving intentional harm, like a murder case.
Finding the Time to Grieve Just Got Easier
You and your family should be able to take all the time you can get to grieve and discover what life is going to feel like now that you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. Unfortunately, Colorado’s brief statute of limitations on wrongful death claims will constrain how much time you can take before you need to take legal action. By hiring our Loveland wrongful death attorneys, you can take the time you need without risking the loss of your right to pursue compensation. Just leave all the important details of your case to us, and we can move it forward as if we were representing ourselves or a close friend.
I would like to give a big thank you to Matthew Crowther and his paralegal, Nicolas Allen, for doing a great job on my case. They settled for more than I expected and were always available when I had questions. I would highly recommend them and would go back to them if needed. Thank you again.