Centennial Wrongful Death Lawyers
Centennial, Colorado, and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to live, with soaring mountains and a fantastic quality of life. But what do you do when a loved one dies due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another? The death of a loved one is a tragedy, and you likely feel profound loss and grief.
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal, Centennial Wrongful Death Lawyer handle wrongful death legal cases. While discussing a wrongful death case with us cannot erase your grief, it can bring some measure of justice to your family. Wrongful death means a person, organization, or other entity caused death via negligence.
Negligence means that the entity causing the death had a duty of care to the deceased and failed to exercise that duty of care. If the death is deemed negligent, the surviving family members are entitled to compensation from the negligent party for their losses compensation that the grieving family members may need if they have lost a breadwinner, spouse, parent, or other loved one.
A car accident is a typical example. Suppose your spouse was driving home from Denver to Centennial. A driver ran a red light, hitting your spouse’s car and killing them instantly.
All drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers, consisting of following all laws regarding driving, obeying all rules and regulations, and ensuring that their cars are safe and well-maintained.
This example shows a breach of the duty of care: Running a red light violates the law and safe driving principles, making the driver negligent.
A wrongful death case would further need to prove that the accident, not some other event such as a heart attack, caused the death.
While we’re giving a car accident as an example, wrongful death can stem from:
- All types of vehicle accidents
- Criminal acts and acts of violence
- Unsafe premises
- Slip and fall accidents
- And more
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, we have more than three decades of combined experience fighting for justice on behalf of those injured by negligent and intentional acts, including fatal accidents. Our first consultation is always free, and we discuss your case, its circumstances, and how the wrongful death affected your life.
Table of Contents
- Our Results
- When Should I Bring a Wrongful Death Suit?
- How Can Varner Faddis Elite Legal Help Me?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Let Varner Faddis Elite Legal Help You
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal we are proud to serve the unjustly injured and accused. With a focus on personal injury law and criminal defense, we built our team for the modern court system. Some law firms are stuck in antiquated methods that fail to account for the client’s personal story and pain. We focus on innovating the legal field, giving our clients a personalized approach, and providing outcome-based solutions.
Here are just a few of our case results that provide a window into the outcomes that can occur in the wake of diligence and professionalism:
- $1,250,000 recovered for a motor vehicle accident
- $1,130,000 recovered for a premises liability case
- $800,000 recovered for a motor vehicle accident
- $750,000 recovered for a wrongful death case
- $590,000 recovered for a premises liability case
These are just a few examples of the results we have seen. Though we cannot promise similar results for your case, we can assure you that we will bring all the effort, knowledge, and experience that made our previous cases successful to every case we take on.
Compensation in a Centennial Wrongful Death Case
Colorado civil court laws allow just a surviving spouse to file a wrongful death suit for the first year after the death. After that, both the surviving spouse and surviving children have a right to bring such a suit. If the deceased did not leave a spouse or children, the deceased’s parents might file the claim after a year. An eligible designated beneficiary may also file a wrongful death suit starting after the first year after the death.
A representation for the deceased’s estate may also file a wrongful death suit to recover losses to the estate. This is generally termed a survival action.
The damages sought depend on the relationship to the deceased to some degree. Family members may seek compensation for:
- Wages and other compensation that the deceased would have earned had they lived
- Benefits that the deceased deserved, such as life insurance
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of the deceased person’s companionship
When Should I Bring a Wrongful Death Suit?
Most legal actions operate within a statute of limitations—a period after which a court won’t consult to hear a case. In Colorado, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from the death.
There is one important exception, however. If the death was due to vehicular manslaughter, the statute of limitations is four years.
While grieving relatives need to know about the statute of limitations, it’s also important to know that it’s essential to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. All legal cases, including wrongful death, depend on evidence, and evidence is needed to prove negligence, wrongdoing, or recklessness. The more time that elapses, the more difficult it may be to find or investigate to unearth evidence.
How Many Wrongful Deaths Occur In Colorado?
It’s hard to figure out the number of wrongful deaths in our state simply because there are multiple causes of wrongful death. But some statistics are telling. For example, 622 people lost their lives in Colorado in recent years in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While not all of them stemmed from negligence, a substantial proportion likely did.
Falls, a common injury in certain workplaces and the type of accident known as slip and falls, are the second-highest cause of unintentional injury-related death nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. Finally, Colorado recently reported 363 murder cases.
How Can Varner Faddis Elite Legal Help Me?
It’s common for people considering talking to an attorney to wonder how a lawyer can help them. Here is a brief survey of how lawyers help people.
First of all, the wrongful death law in Colorado is complex. The lawyers at Varner Faddis Elite Legal help explain your rights and advocate for you throughout the process, and they can help you seek fair compensation and compensation for the right things. (Many people, for example, aren’t aware that they can seek compensation for grief or lack of companionship.)
Second, a lawyer can negotiate for you if you have approached an insurance company with a wrongful death claim. Tragic as your loved one’s death may be, the insurance company may see paying a just claim as a loss for them. They operate under a profit motive, after all, and they want to spend a minimum on all claims to maintain their profits.
Insurance companies are famous for low-balling wrongful death claims, which means they settle the claim quickly, but for an amount far lower than the family member should have received. Low-balling is particularly outrageous in a wrongful death case because the family may be deprived of a primary (or only) breadwinner and thus really need the money to keep going financially, in addition to their grief.
But that’s not the only tactic they use to maintain their profits. They can argue that their insured is not responsible for the incident that caused the death. They can try to lay the blame on another party or on even on the deceased. Or, they may argue that the end stemmed from other causes, not the ones you allege.
They may simply let the claim languish on their desks if all else fails. After all, grieving folks may lack the energy and the will to pursue a claim through a tangle of paperwork and contact lists.
Attorneys are negotiators by trade. They know all these methods and can continue fighting with the insurance companies until you get a just claim.
Third, attorneys can help investigate how the death occurred. After all, you may not know the circumstances fully. You may receive a call from a hospital in the middle of the night after a car wreck, or someone in the personnel department notified you about a workplace accident.
If your loved one died in a car accident, we can obtain a copy of the police report, talk to witnesses, investigate the scene for any surveillance tapes or other records, and compile records of any ambulance transport or hospital or emergency department treatment. If all else fails, we can work with forensic analysts to reconstruct how an accident happened. Knowing how it happened is vital to assess who or what exhibited the negligence that took your loved one’s life is vital.
You may also believe that negligence caused your loved one’s death but have no hard proof. Frankly, proof can be complex to find. Skilled lawyers can investigate whether there are other cases where a product seemed to cause illness or death or circumstances where a practitioner or hospital may have committed malpractice.
Fourth, we can help you compile the evidence you already have but do not fully know is evidence. When you visit an attorney, it’s a good idea to bring any notes about what happened to your loved one, including things that people said to you during the final illness or injury treatment or shortly after the death.
If you have medical records, keep them and bring them with you. If you have pictures of your loved one after the illness or accident, they have been enormously beneficial to your case. If you have eyewitness notes or statements or know of people who might be eyewitnesses, that can also be helpful.
Fifth, we can also litigate and take the case to trial if necessary. Many wrongful death cases resolve before trial, but prospective defendants need to know that litigation is possible. Often, insurance companies who won’t resolve a fair claim will suddenly settle when they realize a court case looms. Why? They know that juries show far more sympathy to bereaved family members than insurance companies do. We will review any settlement before trial to ensure it is fair and continue to advocate for justice for you if it isn’t!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A truck accident injured my husband. He lived for three days. Can I bring a wrongful death suit?
A wrongful death suit in civil court is the appropriate response if negligent behavior caused the accident and injuries sustained in the accident led to your husband’s death. A loved one needn’t die immediately for you to pursue a wrongful death case.
However, the evidence must show that the accident caused the death. If a doctor treats someone for heart disease, for example, and he dies of a heart attack after an accident that caused severe head trauma, an insurance company might argue that the heart attack was unrelated and the death did not stem from their insured’s negligence.
What’s the difference between a wrongful death claim and a personal injury claim?
Like wrongful death, a personal injury suit involves the concept of negligence. If negligent or reckless behavior causes injury, the injured person is entitled to bring a personal injury suit to compensate them for damages, including medical costs and time lost from work.
A wrongful death suit can be understood as a personal injury suit in which the person has died rather than suffered injuries only. Wrongful death claims are intended primarily to compensate family members and the deceased’s estate for economic and non-economic losses rather than to compensate an injured party for medical care and wage loss.
Let Varner Faddis Elite Legal Help You
Don’t face the days and months after a loved one’s death alone. The lawyers at Varner Faddis Elite Legal will fight to see that justice is done, for your loved one, you, and your family. We thoroughly and compassionately explain your options and develop a comprehensive strategy for you. Our initial consultation is always free. Reach out to a Centennial personal injury lawyer.
We see people at our conveniently located offices in Centennial, Colorado, at home, or in the hospital.
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