Some accidents are so severe that the victim dies from his or her injuries. Fortunately, Colorado law preserves the right of certain family members to step into the victim’s shoes and bring a lawsuit for wrongful death. A wrongful death is any caused by the negligent, reckless, intentional, or otherwise wrongful conduct of another person or entity.
This is a civil suit, not a criminal one, so the prosecutor does not file charges. Instead, Colorado law gives the surviving spouse the sole right to file a wrongful death suit in the first year after the death. In the second year, any surviving children can also sue.
Many of our clients have brought a lawsuit for the death of a spouse, child, or parent. Any person or entity that has contributed to the death could be on the hook for damages.
Compensation is available for a variety of financial and non-financial losses, including:
- Cost of medical care
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Loss of services provided by the deceased
- Grief and sorrow
- Loss of companionship and love
No amount of money can ever take the place of a loved one, but the person who caused the death should be held accountable. Wrongful death lawsuits are a key part of obtaining justice for our clients.