If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, business or entity, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Denver. Although nothing can replace the loss of a family member, you can take legal action to hold the negligent party responsible by filing a lawsuit on behalf of your loved one (the decedent) for damages you have suffered as a result of the death of your loved one. For example, if your family member has died as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be legally entitled to recover for any of the following:
- Past medical expenses;
- Funeral costs;
- Loss of benefits, such as pension or retirement benefits;
- Loss of future earnings;
- Financial loss suffered by the surviving heirs and/or beneficiaries; and/or
- Non-economic losses suffered by the surviving spouse or heirs.
It is very important to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately after you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, business or entity. According to the Colorado Revised Statutes sections 13-21-204 and 13-80-102, an individual that has lost a family member due to a wrongful death cause of action, may be limited from bringing a lawsuit for damages after a certain period of time has passed. This time period, also known as a statute of limitations or SOL is only two years for wrongful death actions in Colorado. Since this is such a short period of time, it is very important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Denver as soon as possible after your loss.
Denver Wrongful Death Attorney
Was your loved one killed because of another party’s negligence? The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson handles the necessary legwork in court to get justice so families can take the time they need to grieve.
Jennifer Donaldson is a compassionate Colorado personal injury lawyer who helps clients all over the Mile High City, including such communities as Thornton, Westminster, Longmont, Centennial, Boulder, Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton. You can call (303) 458-5000 right now to take advantage of a free consultation that will allow our firm to review your case.
Denver Wrongful Death Information Center
- Denver Wrongful Death Claims
- Wrongful Death Liability in Denver
- Elements to a Wrongful Death Claim in Denver
- Colorado Wrongful Death Resources
Denver Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims in Colorado can arise from a number of situations. Some of the most common forms of wrongful death claims are:
- Workplace accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Public transportation accidents;
- Drunk driving accidents;
- Commercial vehicle accidents;
- Recreational activity accidents;
- Car accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Railroad accidents;
- Accidents while on another person’s property;
- Nursing home neglect;
- Vacation accidents;
- Industrial plant accidents;
- Ski lift accidents;
- Animal attacks;
- Defective product accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents; and/or
- Bicycle accidents.
According to section 13-21-201 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, certain individuals are permitted to sue for and recover damages as a result of the death of a loved one. Individuals who can sue for damages as a result of wrongful death in Colorado within the first year of the decedent’s death are:
- The decedent’s spouse;
- The decedent’s heirs and spouse, if permitted by the spouse;
- The decedent’s heirs, if permitted by the spouse;
- The decedent’s heirs if no spouse; or
- The decedent’s designated beneficiary if no spouse.
If the surviving spouse does not bring an action in the first year or waives their right to bring suit, the surviving children of the decedent, the parents of the decedent if the decedent was not married and did not have children, or the designated beneficiary of the decedent may bring an action for wrongful death in the second year after the decedent’s death.
Wrongful Death Liability in Denver
According to section 13-21-202 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, an individual or corporation is liable for the wrongful death of another person if the death was caused by:
- A wrongful act;
- Neglect; or
- Default of another.
Additionally, the wrongful death would not have occurred if the act, neglect or default did not occur.
Elements to a Wrongful Death Claim in Denver
According to the Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-21-202, in order to prove a wrongful death claim in Colorado, the individual who suffered a loss must be able to prove the following:
- The death was actually and proximately caused by the negligence, default or wrongful act of another person;
- The negligence, default or wrongful act would have entitled the individual who was injured to recover for their injuries if they did not die;
- The decedent had a surviving heir or beneficiary who is eligible to seek compensation for the decedent’s death; and
- A monetary loss resulted from the decedent’s death.
Colorado Wrongful Death Resources
Community Grief Resources | HeartLight Center — For more than a decade, the HeartLight Center has worked to fulfill its mission “to give solace to the grieving and educate the metropolitan Denver community about the process of grief.” This section of its website contains a list of organizations “compiled in the hope that it can be a resource to anyone working through the process of grief.” You can also learn about children’s grief support and special programs on this website.
HeartLight Center Inc.
11150 East Dartmouth Avenue
Denver, CO 80014
Our Support Groups | The Denver Hospice — This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has been helping people throughout Colorado for more than 35 years. On this section of the Hospice website, you can find more information about a variety of support groups available throughout the year. Groups include Grief Education, Newly Bereaved Support Group, and the Going Through Grief Group.
501 South Cherry Street
Denver, Colorado 80246
The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Wrongful Death Lawyer in Denver
If your loved one died because of another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for any loss of income, loss of consortium, or other considerations. The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson serves numerous parts of Colorado in Denver County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and Adams County.
In addition to previously being awarded Lawyer of the Year by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Denver personal injury attorney Jennifer Donaldson has also received the prestigious AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®. She will review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form to set up a free consultation.