Few events in life are as painful as the death of a loved one. This pain is often magnified when a loved one is taken because someone else was careless. In addition to emotional devastation, an unwarranted death can cause severe financial strain on your family.
Our skilled wrongful death lawyers understand the profound severity of these types of cases, and leverage years of successful experience to recover the full and fair compensation you need during this terrible time.
At Fuicelli & Lee, P.C., we are committed to supporting surviving family members during these difficult times. We will help you understand your rights and aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. Complete the form on this page or call 303-355-7202 today to discuss your case for free with an experienced wrongful death lawyer. We proudly serve Denver, Longmont, Pueblo and other areas throughout Colorado. Se habla Español.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when someone’s life is taken because of the negligent actions of another. Unlike criminal murder trials, wrongful death claims are civil actions that are intended to provide families with financial compensation after the loss of a loved one.
Wrongful death cases are often incredibly complex and involve a multitude of factors. If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you need a knowledgeable and compassionate wrongful death attorney on your side.
Our accomplished legal team has the experience, skill and depth of resources necessary to thoroughly investigate the details of your case and determine the cause of death and what party or parties are responsible. We meticulously prepare every case as though it will go to trial, and in the event that a settlement offer is inadequate for your needs, we won’t hesitate to fight relentlessly on your behalf in court. Our services are offered on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay attorney fees unless we reach a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim
The following elements must be present in order to file a wrongful death claim:
- The defendant was negligent (meaning did an act, or did not do an act, a reasonably careful person would have done)
- The defendant’s negligence was a cause the death
- The deceased has surviving family members
Examples of Wrongful Death Cases
Negligent actions of an individual, company or corporation may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Common examples of wrongful death cases include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous premises
- Defective products
- Workplace injuries, including construction accidents
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
Under Colorado law, only surviving spouses are granted the right to bring a wrongful death claim within the first year after the death of a loved one. After that first year, both spouses and children may file lawsuits. If the deceased has no surviving spouse or children, the deceased’s parents may pursue a wrongful death claim.
We know what a heart-wrenching experience this is for you and your family. In your time of grieving, you shouldn’t have to navigate the complexities of a wrongful death lawsuit alone. Our skilled attorneys understand the intricacies of Colorado’s wrongful death statute and can ease the burden of a legal process by handling every aspect of your case: determining the value of your claim, ensuring deadlines are met, fighting tirelessly on your behalf and communicating with you every step of the way.
Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
No amount of money can ever fully compensate you for your tremendous loss, and the degree of anguish your family is enduring can never be truly measured. However, a wrongful death claim can help your family stay afloat during this tragic time and hold those responsible for your loss accountable for their negligence.
Depending on the unique details of your case, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of benefits, such as pension or health insurance
- Loss of guidance or companionship
- Pain and suffering
In cases that involve egregiously reckless or intentional misconduct, the court may award additional punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from acting in a similarly negligent manner. We can help you understand the specific damages to which you and other family members may be entitled.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Colorado
The deadline for filing a lawsuit, known as a statute of limitations, varies from state to state. In Colorado, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death of the deceased.
In specific instances, this deadline may be extended, but it is important to meet personally with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible to ensure your case is handled in a timely manner and that all relevant evidence is preserved. We will explain all of the pertinent timelines of your claim and handle every aspect of your case.
Schedule Your Complimentary Wrongful Death Consultation Today
We want to hear your loved one's story. If you’ve lost someone in a fatal accident, contact the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. today online or at 303-355-7202 for a free consultation. We welcome clients from across Colorado, including Denver, Longmont, Pueblo and nearby areas on the front range.