Denver Wrongful Death Lawyers
In Colorado, wrongful death is the death of one person due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior of another person or entity. A wrongful death claim is the pursuit of monetary damages certain surviving parties may have a right to after the preventable death of a loved one. If you recently experienced the death of a family member, we’re deeply sorry. We encourage you to seek justice and recompense for the wrongful death by getting legal help from our attorneys in Denver, CO.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
The lawyers of Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC have 32 years of combined experience. In five of these years, partner Attorney Lauren Varner has successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury claims, including wrongful death cases. Should the case need to go to trial, Founding Partner Eric J. Faddis has conducted 45 jury trials in Colorado courts. Our lawyers work closely with clients to understand their needs, devising comprehensive legal strategies to their unique circumstances. We understand this may be a trying time for you, and we strive to pursue the maximum possible compensation needed to start healing.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Wrongful death is a grave matter – one that demands legal attention. These cases often contain complex legal issues and require experts to analyze different facets thereof. Depending on the responsible party, there may be notice deadlines a surviving family member must satisfy. Don’t let a negligent or reckless party get away with taking the life of your spouse, parent, or child. Hire a lawyer to maximize your odds of a successful lawsuit. Insurance companies will try hard to reduce or deny your claim. Fight back with help from an attorney.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
After losing a loved one unexpectedly, obtain copies of police reports and medical records, as well as eyewitness statements, if possible. Return to the scene of the accident and take photographs. Collect as much information and evidence regarding the incident as you can. Then, take everything to an attorney to help you determine who or what caused the wrongful death. The following are common causes:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace incidents
- Criminals/acts of violence
- Unsafe premises
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective or dangerous products
If you don’t fully understand the cause of your loved one’s death, don’t worry—that’s what our lawyers are here to help determine. Many fatal accidents are intricate and have more than one cause of death. For example, a car accident death could have two shared causes: a drunk driver and a defective seatbelt. Determining what caused the wrongful death can help you understand liability.
Who Is Liable?
Generally, Colorado civil laws only permit surviving spouses to file wrongful death claims the first year after the death. Once this period passes, a surviving spouse and surviving children have the right to file claims. If a deceased person does not have a surviving spouse or children, the decedent’s parents may file the claim. In addition to family members filing for their own losses, a representative of the decedent’s estate may file for losses to the estate (a “survival action”).
Generally, you have two years from the date of death to file your wrongful death claim against the allegedly at-fault party (defendant). You must prove the defendant’s fault in causing your loved one’s fatal accident. The courts may assign liability to a party that negligently caused or contributed to the death, such as a drunk driver, careless employer, the manufacturer of a defective product, dog owner, or criminal. The liable party will then have to pay your family’s damages.
Contact Us Today
For more information about how wrongful death claims work in Denver, and for in-depth legal counsel regarding your specific case, contact our lawyers. We have years of experience handling serious personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our firm can help you with all phases of the process, from the initial accident investigation to the final settlement or jury verdict. We’ll do what your family needs us to on the road to recovery. Let’s move forward, together. Call (720) 770-8335 for your family’s free case review.