How a Wrongful Death Case Works
This is the type of claim that our clients can bring when a loved one died in a “wrongful” fashion. Not all accidental deaths qualify. Instead, Colorado Revised Statute § 13-21-202 requires that the death stems from the defendant’s default, neglect, or wrongful conduct. Often, we bring lawsuits because the defendant failed to use reasonable care, which is negligence. In other situations, a defendant might have been reckless or even intentionally killed your loved one.
Our attorneys have brought wrongful death lawsuits for many types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Slip and falls
- Dangerous premises
- Medical malpractice
Wrongful death cases are civil, not criminal. Consequently, the defendant does not have to be guilty of homicide to sue him or her. Someone who drives carelessly and hits your loved one, for example, could be responsible for a wrongful death lawsuit even if their conduct would not warrant a criminal prosecution.
Please contact us today to learn more. Each case is unique, and we need to analyze facts before we know whether you have a legal right to sue. There are also many important deadlines to meet, so avoid delay.