Your Colorado Springs Wrongful Death Lawyers
When someone you love has died because of another’s carelessness, negligence, or malicious actions, nothing will ever make that right. No amount of money will erase the pain or bring back your loved one, but an unexpected loss can economically impact the family in a devastating way.
For over 30 years, Heuser & Heuser, LLP has been there for thousands of clients here in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and across the state through pain and uncertainty after a fatal accident. Should you face similarly trying times, we are ready to help you recover the compensation you need with a wrongful death lawsuit. We collect the evidence and deal with the insurance adjuster while you and your family focus on moving past this tragedy.
You Have the Right to Compensation
If you have a wrongful death case, you have a legal right to seek the compensation you’re owed. We work hard to protect that right and bring you the best possible outcome.
By Your Side Through Difficult Times
If someone you care about has been the victim of a wrongful death, you are likely feeling many conflicting emotions — sadness over their loss, fear of how you will pay the accident-related expenses or make it by without their income, and anger over the injustice of them being taken from you.
Whether they were a parent, child, spouse, or other loved one, an unexpected loss is devastating. At Heuser & Heuser, LLP, we believe every family in such a situation deserves justice. An attorney from our office can be your understanding and honest partner in seeking compensation for your financial and emotional losses while also punishing the at-fault party.
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Do I Have a Case?
Click the tabs below to learn more about the legal requirements in a wrongful death case and whether you qualify.
What Is a Wrongful Death?
In Colorado, a wrongful death is considered one that is a result of “a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” In other words, if someone’s reckless actions, irresponsible inaction, or failure to fulfill an obligation to your loved one’s safety was the cause of their death, the at-fault party could be held liable with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Proving liability can be complicated, though, and having the expert eye of a competent Colorado Springs wrongful death lawyer will be a distinct advantage when defending your right to recover all damages.
Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
Yours could be a wrongful death case if your loved one’s accident involved one of the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls on someone else’s poorly-kept property
- Car accidents in which the fatality was caused by an irresponsible (for example, intoxicated or overly drowsy) driver
- Medical errors
- Work-related accidents, particularly in construction jobs
- Pedestrian accidents
This list is far from extensive, so if you are still unsure whether you qualify, submit your case for a free review.
Statute of Limitations
Although the Colorado statute of limitations on most wrongful death cases is two years, allowing families of victims a two-year period from the date of the accident to file a claim, every case is different. You could miss out on valuable financial compensation by putting off pursuing your claim, so it’s important to contact one of our attorneys immediately to establish next steps.
Has Your Family Experienced an Unfair Loss?
If your loved one was in a deadly accident that was someone else’s fault, contact Heuser & Heuser, LLP to learn whether you’re entitled to compensation.
What Compensation Is Available?
The jury will consider a number of factors while determining the amount of financial damages to award to you, including the deceased’s age and condition, resulting loss of income, loss of parental counsel and guidance, loss of support or services, costs for a funeral, and loss of inheritance.
The Heuser & Heuser, LLP legal team will bring in expert witnesses to testify with expectations or standard estimates for the losses described above. By working with experts like therapists and economists, we can show the jury the nature of your loss and the financial settlement necessary for you to live in relative comfort.
Far more challenging to calculate is the value of your relationship with the deceased, but part of preparing for the case includes us learning your story and deciding how to best present it. We will talk with those closest to you and create an image of that relationship for the jurors. Friends, coworkers, and family members will testify about the death’s effect on the family.
In some wrongful death cases, punitive damages — also called exemplary damages — may be awarded if the party at fault acted particularly recklessly or outrageously. Despite what many people believe, punitive damages are not routinely granted and are not a large amount when they are awarded.
To find out whether you qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit, contact us for your free case review.
We’ve Helped Thousands of Injured People Get The Money They Deserve
Client was hit by a truck, sustaining ankle injuries, a broken pelvis, broken ribs, and a broken wrist. Client required surgery.
Client was involved in a roll over accident. Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries which required rehabilitative care, several surgeries, and extensive therapy.
Client was rear ended and pushed into another vehicle. Client sustained a back injury and significant lost wages. Client required extensive therapy.
How Can Heuser & Heuser, LLP Help?
Wrongful death lawsuits seek to provide financial compensation for family members who are left without a primary earner while also delivering the message to the at-fault party to practice greater safety in the future. Families may be able to find closure and justice in the case’s resolution.
However, the burden of collecting evidence to prove negligence, negotiating with unfeeling insurance adjusters, and meeting each deadline can be overwhelming when you have already been through so much. You need the experts at Heuser & Heuser, LLP who have experience building airtight cases for the full compensation that victims’ families are legally owed.
Our attorneys will take care of the legal work in the lawsuit, keeping you updated at each step of the way, allowing you to get back to grieving and healing with your family.
Reviewing Your Case for Free
We offer consultations at no cost, giving you the opportunity to receive vital legal advice on your situation without worrying about the cost. If you have a case, we get to work from there.
Collecting the Evidence
In order to demonstrate the extent of the financial loss that the wrongful death caused you, your attorney at Heuser & Heuser, LLP will begin collecting evidence immediately. Medical bills and records, witness and expert testimony, photos and video footage, police reports, and other documents will all be used to prove the at-fault party’s negligence.
Negotiating With Insurance
Rather than leaving you to navigate negotiations alone with an insurance adjuster trying to save money on your claim, Heuser & Heuser, LLP steps in and takes that pressure off of you. When you hire us to handle your case, all negotiations will go through your attorney who fights for your highest settlement.
Receiving Your Settlement
You will have the opportunity to either accept or deny the final settlement offer. It is completely up to you. If you do accept, your attorney will stay on top of it by making sure your check gets to you as quickly as possible!
Did Your Loved One Suffer a Wrongful Death?
If their accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation for this loss.
Wrongful Death FAQs
What Is Comparative Negligence in Colorado?
Colorado follows the law of comparative negligence which means the compensation you receive could be reduced by the percentage of blame the victim holds in the accident.
If the victim is more than 50% responsible, you cannot seek compensation.
Insurance companies will try to place blame on the shoulders of your loved one for their own accident, so you need a knowledgeable, compassionate team of legal experts on your side to defend your claim. Heuser & Heuser, LLP can help.
How Much Is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?
The maximum settlement available in any given Colorado wrongful death lawsuit depends on the facts and legal circumstances in that individual case.
You could be compensated for a variety of expenses, including the cost of medical care before your loved one passed, funeral costs, lost income if you were their spouse or dependent, and pain and suffering damages that account for the non-economic emotional damage inflicted by the loss.
Submit your case for a free review to determine its exact value.
Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
You are not required to have a lawyer represent you when filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a company or individual. However, it is always in an individual’s best interest to hire competent, compassionate legal representation as these cases are complex.
Having an attorney from Heuser & Heuser, LLP on your side guarantees you will not miss any of the legal deadlines or leave out any important evidence. We handle every part of the process, leaving you space to grieve.
Should I Accept the Insurance Adjuster’s Offer?
No. The insurance adjuster’s main goal is to save money on your claim by finding any excuse to pay less than you deserve or to deny the claim altogether. They may try to convince you that you will not get any more money with a lawsuit, but this could be a tactic to lowball your payment.
When the insurance adjuster calls, tell them to speak to your attorney at Heuser & Heuser, LLP — we’ll take it from there.
How Much Will a Wrongful Death Lawyer Cost Me?
Heuser & Heuser, LLP believes in providing our neighbors in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO with affordable, experienced legal services, so we don’t charge any fees unless we win you compensation. We also offer free case reviews to determine your legal options. For these reasons, you never have to worry about whether or not help is available.