Wrongful Death

Littleton Wrongful Death Attorneys

Fierce Advocates for Grieving Families Throughout Englewood & Surrounding Cities

The death of a loved one takes a toll on every member of the family. When the death is caused by the actions, recklessness, or negligence of another, it creates an added layer of grief and pain, as well as a significant economic impact on the surviving family members.

At Curtis | Walton Law, our Littleton wrongful death attorneys understand that there is nothing anyone can do to take away the pain and grief. However, we will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party accountable, so you can focus on your family and healing.

Get in touch with us today at (720) 815-4402 for a free consultation to discuss your loss with a compassionate wrongful death attorney in Littleton.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Colorado

Wrongful death cases arise when an individual is killed as a result of the:

  • Misconduct
  • Reckless behavior
  • Or negligence of another person

The law allows surviving family members of the estate of the deceased to collect money from the responsible party. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed, whether there is a criminal trial or not, and regardless of the outcome of any criminal trial.

Leading Causes of Wrongful Death in Littleton

Some of the common reasons for wrongful death claims include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Criminal behavior, such as murder
  • Death that occurs during a supervised activity
  • Medical malpractice that results in the patient’s death
  • Occupational exposure to hazardous substances or conditions

A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the deceased’s next of kin or the estate may file a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. This is a civil action that can be filed even if criminal charges or not filed or the defendant is found not guilty in a criminal case.

When the death is the result of a work-related accident, family members or the estate can file a workers’ compensation claim. Our Littleton wrongful death lawyers can evaluate your situation to determine liability and sources of compensation for your loss.

Compensation for Littleton Families After a Wrongful Death

The main measure of damages in wrongful death claims is pecuniary, or financial injury. The court has interpreted these injuries to include loss of support, services, inheritance, medical expenses, and funeral expenses that arise from the death of the victim.

We have helped families recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses prior to death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of income for the life expectancy of the deceased, had he or she survived
  • Non-economic damages, such as loss of companionship and affection
  • Loss of medical and retirement benefits
  • Loss of household and child rearing support

Limits on Wrongful Death Recoveries in Colorado

In some situations, the state of Colorado may limit on how much compensation you can be awarded for certain damages.

When it comes to wrongful death cases, there are the following damage caps:

  • Pain and Suffering - $250,000, unless there is "clear and convincing evidence" which permits the cap to be increased to $500,000

However, don't be discouraged from speaking with a professional wrongful death lawyer to determine whether or not your case may be an exception to this statute. Contact our firm today to discuss your claim!

Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Littleton

According to Colorado law, a surviving spouse or children may file for wrongful death, however they may not be able to file within the same timeframe. If the deceased was not married and did not have children, surviving parents may take legal action in filing for wrongful death.

Colorado's Wrongful Death Filing Deadline

In Colorado, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of your loved one’s death.

While grief has no time limit, the law does set a limit for filing a wrongful death claim. Although there are limited exceptions to this rule, it is important to keep the deadline in mind when deciding whether to pursue a claim.

Choose Curtis | Walton Law for Your Wrongful Death Case

We intentionally keep our caseload small, so we can focus on your case and be available and responsive to our clients. We are available for free consultations in our office, by telephone, or we can come to you. For your convenience, our attorneys are able to schedule appointments after hours and on weekends.

If you would like to explore your legal options in a free consultation, please call (720) 815-4402 for an appointment or contact us online. We proudly serve Littleton, Englewood, and the surrounding cities.

Commonly Asked Questions

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Littleton, CO?

According to Colorado law, a surviving spouse or children may file for wrongful death, however they may not be able to file within the same timeframe. If the deceased was not married and did not have children, surviving parents may take legal action in filing for wrongful death.

What is the deadline for filing a wrongful death claim in Colorado?

In Colorado, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of your loved one’s death. It is important to keep this deadline in mind when deciding whether to pursue a claim.

Are there limits on compensation for wrongful death cases in Littleton, CO?

In some situations, the state of Colorado may limit how much compensation you can be awarded for certain damages. For example, there are limits on pain and suffering damages, unless there is 'clear and convincing evidence' which permits an increase to the cap.

Can a wrongful death lawsuit be filed even if there is no criminal trial?

Yes, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed regardless of whether there is a criminal trial or not, and regardless of the outcome of any criminal trial. It is a civil action separate from any criminal proceedings.

What types of compensation can families receive in a wrongful death claim?

Families in Littleton, CO, may receive compensation for various damages, including medical expenses prior to death, funeral expenses, loss of income, non-economic damages like loss of companionship, and more. A wrongful death attorney can help determine the types of compensation available in your case.

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