Wrongful Death Can Be Easier When You Get To Grieve and We Get To Work
Sometimes, an accident victim suffers fatal injuries. But this does not mean that their personal injury lawsuit dies with them. Instead, Colorado law allows surviving families to bring a lawsuit when another person’s wrongful conduct caused the death. These lawsuits often provide vitally important compensation to family members in their hour of need.
Wrongful death cases are different from criminal trials. For one, the defendant will not go to jail if found responsible for the death. Instead, family members receive money damages for things like lost wages, lost benefits, and the loss of comfort, care, love, and companionship. The amount of money will depend on the circumstances.
For another, the prosecutor does not bring the lawsuit. Instead, a surviving spouse has the sole right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the first year after death. In the second year, both the spouse and any surviving children will be able to file. If there is no spouse and no children, then parents can file the lawsuit.
Wrongful death cases are complicated. Family members do not always have a right to sue. Instead, we need to fully analyze the surrounding circumstances and determine whether the death was wrongful. If so, we can help family members assemble evidence and go into the right court to file.