Wrongful Death Damages in Colorado
If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one, you and your family are probably reeling with emotional shock. If that death was caused by the irresponsible actions of a person or company, you are probably also wondering how you can prevent the negligent party from behaving this way again so that no other family will need to endure the same grief that yours is currently feeling. Below are a few items you may want to consider as you decide whether you want to pursue a legal claim for wrongful death damages in Colorado.
Who Has the Right to Bring These Lawsuits?
It is important to note that in Colorado, not all surviving family members have equal rights to file civil suits on behalf of a deceased person. For example, if the person killed was married, the surviving spouse is the only one who can bring a suit if it has been less than one year since the death. After that time period has passed, both surviving spouses and children have standing to bring a wrongful death claim. Because of the technicality of these laws, there may be some details that need to be addressed in order to determine whether a particular family member has the right to file a suit for wrongful death damages.
What Kind of Compensation Is Awarded?
Colorado courts may award monetary compensation to make up for all of the following:
- Loss of health insurance and other benefits that were conferred to the family via the deceased’s employment
- Loss of earnings that the victim would have provided for his/her family
- Punitive damages to prevent future negligence on the part of the defendants
- Loss of the deceased’s companionship and other emotional support
If you feel that you may be entitled to damages for wrongful death, you may wish to consult with a wrongful death attorney in your area. Sometimes these cases can become quite complex, and a lawyer can help you to understand what the process can entail and what you should expect as you pursue a claim. Call (303) 447-1144 now to schedule a FREE case consultation with an experienced Boulder wrongful death lawyer at Sloat & Nicholson, P.C.
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