An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, but the effects can last for a lifetime. When a loved one is killed as the result of an auto accident where the other driver was at fault, a work-related injury, or any situation where another person, business, or entity was responsible, you are entitled to financial compensation related to the loss of that loved one.
The injury done to a victim in the case of a wrongful death case goes beyond grief, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. When the deceased was a primary caregiver or source of income for a family, the entire household suffers. In some cases, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the loss of support and services, in addition to medical, funeral, and burial funds.
Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation law provides for claims by specific dependents when a worker dies on the job. Additionally, the state of Colorado protects the victims of loss resulting from wrongful death through the Colorado Wrongful Death Act. Relevant sections of the Wrongful Death Act read as follows:
CRS § 13-21-202
When the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another, and the act, neglect, or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, then, and in every such case, the person who or the corporation which would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable in an action for damages notwithstanding the death of the party injured.
CRS § 13-21-203(1)(a)
In every such action, the jury may give such damages as they may deem fair and just, with reference to the necessary injury resulting from such death, including damages for noneconomic loss or injury as defined in section 13-21-102.5 and subject to the limitations of this section and including within noneconomic loss or injury damages for grief, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional stress, to the surviving parties who may be entitled to sue. . . There shall be only one civil action under this part 2 for recovery of damages for the wrongful death of any one decedent.
No amount of monetary compensation will ever replace your loved one, but it can help you stay financially afloat during a difficult time while bringing the responsible parties to justice. Let us help you recover some of your losses by allowing us to fight for you.