Wrongful Death Lawyers in Colorado
Compassionate Representation for Families
Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits that are filed by family members to determine the liability for the death of a loved one and the amount of damages award-able for that death. A wrongful death is one caused by the wrongful act, negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior of another party. Many of these lawsuits are brought as a result of car accidents, premises liability dangers, or intentional killings. The specific damages awarded in a wrongful death case will depend on the circumstances surrounding the person's death.
Ultimately, the purposes of a wrongful death claim are to bring a sense of justice and closure to the surviving family members of the decedent and to correct related financial losses. The compensation available through a successful case can keep surviving family members and loved ones out of financial trouble, which can happen due to steep medical bills and the abrupt loss of a breadwinner’s wages. At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we are proud to serve as trusted legal guides for families throughout Colorado who come to us during their most difficult times.
Why do clients choose our wrongful death lawyers for legal assistance?
- 30+ years of legal experience
- Skilled negotiators and experienced litigators
- Close client-attorney relationships
- Millions of dollars in compensation recovered
Damages in Wrongful Death Claims
Like any other civil lawsuit demanding damages, the plaintiff in a wrongful death claim will seek compensation for economic and noneconomic damages. The defendant in such a claim will be the party responsible for the loss of life, such as the drunk driver who caused a fatal car accident. To secure the deserved compensation, the plaintiff will have to prove liability by a preponderance of evidence (i.e. more likely than not). A civil wrongful death claim is not a criminal case, so the harsh “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidentiary threshold is not a factor.
Colorado has no caps on economic damages in wrongful death claims, such as:
- Medical bills
- Burial and funeral costs
- Money the deceased would have earned in life
- Employment benefits owed to the deceased like health insurance
- Inheritance that surviving family members will no longer receive
- Other finances the deceased would have provided for their family
There is a cap on noneconomic damages, though. The cap is currently around $468,000, an amount that has been adjusted routinely throughout the years to account for inflation and cost of living changes. Noneconomic damages are any damages related to the grief experienced by the deceased person’s surviving family members. For example, the pain caused by losing guidance, advice, companionship, love, and consortium normally provided by the deceased person can all be factored into a claim’s non-economic damages.
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. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for intentional wrongdoing or egregious negligence. Punitive and exemplary damages in Colorado are often not limited to any capped amount.
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 to the deceased, then the parents of the deceased will next assume the right to file a claim and seek various damages.
We Hope to Give You Time to Grieve
Trying to manage all of the details of a wrongful death claim, like figuring out who can file and anticipating the state’s damage cap, can just add more stress to your life and take you away from grieving as you should be. Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. and our Colorado wrongful death lawyers would be honored to represent and guide you during this difficult time. 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 now faces after losing a loved one.
To schedule a free, confidential, and compassionate consultation, call (720) 491-3117.
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.