The loss of a loved one due to an accident can be emotionally devastating for friends and family members of the deceased. It’s important to remember you can seek legal counsel during this time from reputable Colorado Springs wrongful death attorneys. An attorney can handle the claim process on your behalf so you and your family can concentrate on healing after your tragic loss.
In Colorado, Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In the state of Colorado, statutes define who can file a wrongful death suit. The statute is designed to protect the deceased individual’s dependents such as his/her spouse or children. During the first year after death, the spouse has the right to first file a wrongful death lawsuit. After the first year has concluded, the spouse and/or other heirs such as children or grandchildren are allowed to file a wrongful death suit.
What Type of Compensation are Dependents Entitled to?
The type of compensation and the amounts can vary from case to case. In many instances, it is not monetary compensation family members seek, but retribution for the negligent act that led to their loved one’s death. Filing a lawsuit can bring attention to those who may have caused or contributed to that death, hopefully, preventing similar incidents in the future. Once the lawsuit is finalized, many loved ones feel they have the closure they need to move on from the incident.
Compensation can include but is not limited to:
- Financial support for dependents such as retirement benefits or compensation from the faulted party or the faulted party’s insurance company
- The deceased’s final costs and payment for medical treatment related to the deceased’s injuries
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of future earnings
- Mental anguish
If you have lost a loved one and would like to begin the process of filing a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the expert attorneys with Heuser & Heuser, LLP. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process so you and your family can concentrate on healing. Please, contact us for a consultation regarding your case.