Denver Wrongful Death Lawyers
Pursuing Justice on Behalf of Victims
Losing a loved one is never easy. When a family member passes away due to the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or entity, the pain is compounded by the realization that justice will not be served. When a loved one dies due to the wrongful actions of another person or entity, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your loss. At Orr Law Firm, our Denver wrongful death lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and work to obtain the compensation you need to move forward.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil action that can be brought against any person or entity that is responsible for the death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims are brought on behalf of the deceased's family members and can be filed by spouses, children, or other immediate family members.
In a wrongful death case, the family of the deceased files a lawsuit against the person or entity that caused the death. The goal of a wrongful death claim is to obtain compensation for the family's losses, including funeral expenses, medical bills, and other financial damages.
A wrongful death claim can be brought against any individual, business, or government entity that is responsible for the death of your loved one. Common defendants in wrongful death claims include:
- Car accident defendants
- Truck accident defendants
- Motorcycle accident defendants
- Bicycle accident defendants
- Pedestrian accident defendants
- Defective products defendants
- Nursing home abuse defendants
- Defective medical devices defendants
- Premises liability defendants
- Dog bite defendants
- Criminal defendants
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Colorado, any immediate family member of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. Immediate family members include spouses, parents, children, and siblings.
In cases where the deceased did not leave behind any immediate family members, the Colorado Wrongful Death Act allows for "next of kin" to file a claim. In some cases, this allows a deceased person's distant family members to file a claim.
Who Is Liable for a Wrongful Death?
In most cases, the person or entity that is most directly responsible for the death of your loved one is liable for the damages associated with a wrongful death claim. In some cases, multiple defendants can be held liable for the damages associated with a wrongful death claim.
Types of Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
The damages you can recover in a wrongful death claim can depend on the circumstances of your case. In most cases, the family of the deceased can recover damages for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, punitive damages can be recovered as well. Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their actions and can be used to send a message to other potential wrongdoers.
Why Hire an Experienced Attorney?
Hiring an experienced attorney is one of the best ways to ensure that you can obtain the compensation you need to move forward after the loss of a loved one. At Orr Law Firm, our Denver wrongful death attorneys can help you seek the justice you deserve and the compensation you need. Our attorneys can handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on healing and moving forward.
Our Denver wrongful death lawyers can help you understand your rights and can help you file a claim, whether you are an immediate family member or a next of kin. Call (303) 747-4247 or contact us online.