Wrongful Death Lawyers in Colorado
Compassionate Representation for Families
Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits filed by family members for the death of a loved one and seek damages. These claims arise from another party's wrongful act, negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior. A wrongful death claim aims to bring justice and closure to surviving family members and provide financial support during difficult times.
Compensation is awarded based on the circumstances surrounding the death and can include both economic and non-economic damages. Colorado has no caps on economic damages in wrongful death claims (such as funeral, burial, internment, or cremation expenses, and any net financial loss suffered by the family from the death). However, there is a cap (adjusted regularly to account for inflation and cost of living changes) on non-economic damages. These are damages related to the grief experienced by the deceased person’s surviving family members.
There is an exception to the cap. If murder or manslaughter ended the deceased person’s life, then the non-economic damages cap does not apply, and a jury may also award exemplary or punitive damages (meant to punish the defendant for intentional wrongdoing or egregious negligence).
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we proudly serve grieving families in Colorado who have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence. Our goals are to hold the responsible parties financially accountable, restore your family’s sense of security, and do all we can to lift the burden your family faces after losing one of its cherished members.
Why Do Clients Choose Us for Legal Assistance?
- We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee – if we don’t win, you don’t pay!
- We have over 30 years of experience in wrongful death cases
- We get results for our clients–millions of dollars in compensation
- We deliver personalized service, give our clients the time and attention they need, and get them maximum compensation
- We love our clients!
To arrange a free initial consultation, call (303) 678-0560 at your earliest convenience.
No Upfront Costs & No Recovery, No Fee
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we accept personal injury cases like wrongful death, on a contingency fee basis; that means we don't get paid unless you do. We’re in this together! Our fee and the case costs we advance for you come out of the money we get for you and your family. No recovery, no fee. It’s that simple.
You Have Questions. We Have Answers.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Colorado?
The spouse or children of the deceased person are given the right to file a wrongful death claim in Colorado. If there is no surviving spouse or child of the deceased, then the parents of the deceased have the right to bring a wrongful death claim.
What needs to be proven in a wrongful death case?
To win a wrongful death case, it must be proven that the death was caused by the defendant's wrongful act, negligence, or intentional behavior. Damages resulting from the death must also be established.
What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death case?
While a wrongful death claim can help you find closure and a sense of justice, its underlying legal purpose is to get you and your family monetary compensation from the liable party and their insurers for the loss. Money can never replace a lost loved one, but it is the only measure of damages awarded by Colorado courts for wrongful death claims.
Some of the damages that you might be able to collect include:
- Loss of the deceased’s companionship and guidance
- Impairment of the quality of life, inconvenience, pain and suffering, and emotional stress
- Income the deceased would have earned in life
- Employment benefits the deceased would have continued to earn
- 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. Punitive damages are rare—they are most commonly used in cases involving intentional harm, like a murder case.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit?
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.
If the deceased has no spouse or children, 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 for estate expenses.
Can I pursue a wrongful death claim if the deceased had pre-existing health conditions?
Yes. The key factor is whether the defendant's actions or negligence directly contributed to the death, regardless of the pre-existing conditions. Our personal injury attorneys can help assess the viability of your claim.
We Hope to Give You Time to Grieve
Managing the details of a wrongful death claim may feel challenging, but with over 30 years of experience and a track record of handling thousands of injury and death cases successfully, we have the resources to get justice for your family.
To schedule a free, confidential, and compassionate consultation, call (303) 678-0560.
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