Losing a loved one can do so much more than devastate you and your family emotionally. It can devastate you financially, too. If you lose a loved one in an accident, the party that caused the accident may be liable for your related damages. In other words, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for losses like the loss of your loved one’s wages, your loss of his or her companionship, his or her funeral expenses and in some cases, even punitive damages through a wrongful death claim.

When you are facing a wrongful death claim, you need an advocate. Work with an experienced Grand Junction wrongful death lawyer to develop a solid claim and pursue the compensation you deserve for your damages.

The insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind when determining damages you are owed for the negligence of another. The insurance companies will immediately attempt to settle the claims for the lowest dollar amount possible. Often, this tactic works and the injured person is left in a devastating financial situation.

Do not let this happen to you, your family and loved ones.


We Handle All Kinds of Fatal Accidents

At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, we work with clients who have lost loved ones in a variety of accident types. This includes:

  • Car accidents;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Acts of medical malpractice; and
  • Incidents where victims die because of improperly maintained premises.

The victim does not have to die on the spot for his or her accident to be considered a fatal accident. Any accident that ultimately causes a victim’s death, even if the death occurs weeks or months later, may be considered a fatal accident.


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Who Can Recover Wrongful Death Damages in Colorado?

In Colorado, the following parties can file a wrongful death claim:

  • The victim’s spouse;
  • The victim’s surviving children;
  • If the victim did not have a spouse or children at the time of his or her death or if the victim was a minor, his or her parents may file a wrongful death claim; and
  • A representative of the victim’s estate. When a representative of a victim’s estate files a claim for damages the estate suffered, it is known as a survival action.

Within the first year following the victim’s death, only his or her spouse may file a claim with a Grand Junction wrongful death lawyer. An adult child or the victim’s parents may only file a wrongful death claim after one year has elapsed. Other parties, like the victim’s siblings, cannot pursue wrongful death compensation.

Certain compensation is awarded to the victim’s loved ones. Other compensation is awarded to the victim’s estate. The victim’s spouse, children and in certain cases, parents may pursue compensation for the following damages:

  • The victim’s financial contributions to his or her household. They can be compensated for the victim’s projected lifetime earnings if he or she had not died prematurely;
  • The victim’s other familial support, like his or her healthcare benefits; and
  • The loved ones’ own losses, like the loss of the victim’s emotional support, his or her guidance, and his or her love.

A representative of the victim’s estate can pursue compensation for the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses; and
  • Medical expenses related to the injury the victim suffered before dying.

Our Team is Here to Fight for You

Our team of wrongful death attorneys in Grand Junction know how much it hurts to lose a loved one in an accident. We also know how much of a financial strain a loved one’s death can put on you and your family, which is why we dedicate ourselves to doing everything we can to pursue wrongful death compensation for our clients. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need for all of your wrongful death damages. We do this by:

  • Gathering evidence you need to support your claim;
  • Negotiating with the insurance provider on your behalf to increase your settlement amount;
  • Advising you about your legal options at every step of the process; and
  • Handling all legal processes related to your case and ensuring that it does not exceed its deadlines, like Colorado’s two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims.

Your lawyer is your advocate. Trust him or her to act on your behalf to protect your rights and pursue an appropriate compensation settlement for all of your wrongful death damages.

Work with an Experienced Grand Junction Wrongful Death Lawyer

An experienced wrongful death lawyer in Grand Junction at our firm can speak with you today about your options for filing a car accident lawsuit and can get started on your case. With more than 70 years of combined experience, our legal team is ready to assist you with your personal injury claim. Contact the Cimarron Ridge Legal Group for more information about our services. You can fill out the our contact form or give us a call today at (970) 644-5194 for a free consultation.

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