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Few things are as heartbreaking as losing a loved one in an accident. It can be particularly painful when that death occurs as the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Sadly, it’s all too common. According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional injury deaths are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, fill out a FREE Case Evaluation form today or call us at 303-792-5595 before it’s too late to discuss your situation with a wrongful death attorney!

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What is a Wrongful Death Suit?

Generally speaking, a wrongful death suit is a civil claim filed by the deceased’s survivors against an organization or person believed to be responsible. These claims can emerge in the aftermath of a car accident, a defective product or an incident at work. These wrongful death cases typically fall into a couple of broad categories:

  • Wrongful acts: These are deaths that occur as the result of violent criminal actions. The defendant does not necessarily have to be convicted of the crime to be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Negligent acts: Most wrongful death cases fall into this category, which consist of unintentional actions that result in death, such as ignored safety protocols, failure to warn of a hazard, or otherwise reckless behavior.

Simply speaking, these wrongful death lawsuit cases are a lot like a personal injury claim, except that the victim is unable to pursue compensation. Colorado law, then, allows the survivors to pursue that claim on behalf of the deceased.

A wrongful death claim can be brought in incidents such as:

  • Medical malpractice.
  • Motor vehicle accident.
  • Dangerous premises.
  • Dog bites.
  • Nursing home abuse.
  • Work-related injuries.
  • Defective products.

If someone else’s negligence resulted in the death of a loved one, you need an experienced Colorado personal injury lawyer to represent you. Call Burg Simpson at 303-500-5995 to speak one of our experienced Denver wrongful death lawyers right now or fill out a case evaluation form to speak with us for FREE before it’s too late!

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

In most states, the decedent’s spouse, children, and/or parents can claim damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. In Colorado, though, the surviving spouse is the only person who’s able to file a wrongful death suit within the first year after death. After that, other claimants, such as surviving children, are allowed to file a claim – in addition to the surviving spouse. If you need help with this, visit our Colorado personal injury lawyers immediately, don’t wait!

However, if the deceased left no surviving spouse or children, then Colorado law stipulates that the deceased’s parents may file a wrongful death claim. The representative of the estate of the deceased are entitled to file for damages for what are considered losses to the estate. Finally, the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims end after two years.

If you’ve lost your spouse because of someone else’s actions, call the wrongful death law firm of Burg Simpson at 303-792-5595 before time runs out on your claim.

What Type of Damages Are Part of a Wrongful Death Case?

Depending on the circumstances, damages can be recovered for:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Funeral expenses.
  • Lost wages.
  • Future income potential.
  • Pain and suffering on behalf of the decedent and the decedent’s loved ones.
  • Emotional distress.

Punitive damages may also be an option in wrongful death cases. Punitive damages are used to punish negligent behaviors while also acting as a deterrent to warn others from behaving the same way.

If the other party lacks the insurance necessary to pay the compensation for the loss incurred, there are always other avenues to pursue, which could include the defendant’s employer, your own insurance company, or another party entirely. In cases such as this, it’s essential that you retain an experienced Denver injury lawyer who knows how to navigate these cases.

A Denver wrongful death attorney at Burg Simpson has pursued hundreds of wrongful death lawsuits over the last 40 years. We understand the pain these tragedies can bring, and we’ll do everything we can to secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact us right now for help!

Our Personal Injury Team

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