The loss of a loved one is tragic. Each year, hundreds of Coloradans lose a spouse, child, or parent in an accident which was entirely preventable. These losses do more than affect someone emotionally. They can also devastate a family’s finances.
At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, our team has brought many wrongful death lawsuits to help family members recover monetary compensation following a loss. We can carefully review the facts of your case and analyze whether you have a solid legal claim for compensation. Contact a Montrose wrongful death lawyer today to learn more.
What Causes Wrongful Deaths?
Under Colorado Revised Statute § 13-21-202, a wrongful death is any death caused by the neglect, default, or wrongful act of another person or business entity. For example, many wrongful deaths stem from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Premises liability claims
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
In a common wrongful death claim, a distracted or intoxicated driver might slam into a pedestrian or other motorist, causing fatal injuries. The key in these cases is whether the defendant’s conduct was sufficiently wrongful to be held accountable in court.
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How Can a Montrose Wrongful Death Attorney Help?
A skilled wrongful death attorney can help collect the evidence necessary to establish your claim. This is a complicated area of law, admittedly. And many family members are grieving and therefore unable to collect evidence themselves.
At our firm, we can review all facts and possibly visit the scene of the accident. We can also use our skill to identify what additional information is necessary. Our team might call or interview witnesses and review documentary evidence.
An attorney should also carefully model how much compensation a client can receive. Compensation can cover certain losses, such as the financial contribution a loved one made to the family. Other intangible losses deserving of compensation include the emotional distress and loss of love or guidance our clients experience.
What Steps Should Family Members Take?
Colorado gives a surviving spouse the sole right to bring this claim in the first year. Children and parents might also be able to sue in certain circumstances, such as when the spouse waits too long or the deceased was unmarried.
A good first step is to reach out to a seasoned wrongful death attorney in Montrose as soon as possible. Colorado requires that wrongful death suits be filed within two years of death. Any delay can defeat a claim, leaving grieving family members empty handed. There is a tremendous amount of work involved in bringing this type of claim, so experienced legal counsel is a big help.
Hire a Montrose Wrongful Death Attorney for Your Case
Negotiating a wrongful death settlement is hard work. Insurance companies focus solely on their bottom line, and they might offer far too little compensation. By calling Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, you are reaching out to a firm with over 70 years of collective experience in this field. Call us today at (970) 644-5194 or complete our contact form to schedule a time to meet. Our consultations are free.