When someone you love has been tragically killed, the grief can be overwhelming. It is difficult to consider money after a tragic loss, but creditors are rarely sympathetic. Just months after their loved one’s death, struggling families may suddenly find themselves facing large amounts of debt and falling behind on their bills. During this difficult time, insurance companies often pressure families into accepting settlements that are far below what they need.
When this occurs, it is important to review all of your legal options with an experienced attorney. Your attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Your attorney can even help you file a wrongful death lawsuit and hold the negligent party responsible for your loved one’s death.
Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Each state has a civil “wrongful death statute” which outlines the procedures for bringing wrongful death actions. In Colorado, the surviving spouse is the only one eligible to file a wrongful death claim in the first year. During the second year, both the surviving spouse and children of the decedent are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse or children, parents of the decedent may file a claim.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
When wrongful death claims are successful, survivors may recover monetary compensation for their loved one’s losses. These damages can include medical expenses prior to death and funeral and burial costs. It can also include the loss of the victim’s earnings potential and the loss of benefits including medical coverage, pension plans, and retirement benefits.
Non-economic losses are also considered in wrongful death lawsuits and can include compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of companionship.
Furthermore, family members may be able to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are often awarded in wrongful death lawsuits. These types of damages not only seek to punish the wrongdoer for their negligent behavior, but they also discourage others from acting in a similar fashion.
If someone you love has been killed, we can help you and your family through this difficult time. Contact our law firm to review all of your legal options. Helping grieving families obtain peace of mind is our only priority.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
We understand that the loss of a loved one can be an emotionally challenging time, and the decision to file a wrongful death lawsuit can be difficult. If you have lost a loved one because of another’s negligence, contact one of our experienced and compassionate Colorado Springs wrongful death attorneys today to discuss your legal options. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.